Dress of the week July 2nd !

Good  morning  Ladies  and wishing you  a  happy July ! I  hope  you  are  enjoying  summertime.   The  sun is  coming up   this morning and it will  be a  lovely  day. It  has  been a  lovely week  with some overnight rain helping to keep the  grass  and  flowers  blooming. I am  up  early  as  we  are  leaving  this  morning  to  visit  my in-laws. We have a  long weekend  with the 4th of July on  Monday. 

 

4th of July 2022

Thanks  for  all the  compliments  on  my  photos of  our  basement  project.  Our  daughter  is  settling into her  new  space  and loving it.  She has  a  few  friends  staying over  as  we  speak , and  they  went swimming yesterday  evening .  Last  Saturday I put  a  second  coat on  her  closet  doors  ,  they are  looking  much better.  In the  afternoon  my in-laws came and  stayed overnight.  We  went to  Saturday afternoon church.  We  then  had a  nice   dinner and  nice  time together.  On Sunday  we  had a  special day out.  Our  niece was  playing along with  her  marching  band in a  town  south of  here , Lake city which is on Lake  Pepin , which also  is on the  Mississippi river.  It is  famous  as  it is  where  water  skiing was  invented! ( I did not do any skiing while i was  there!)  We  used  it  to  celebrate  our   summer  family  birthdays , having  a  nice  picnic   as  we  watched the  parade.   It was a  lovely  few  hours  together.   We  got to  see our  15 month old  nephew  who is  walking now ! He is  growing  so fast. 

 

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 Of  course  Monday  came  around  again  !   There  was  softball  and  Baseball  practices  and  all   some  midweek  games to play.   We  went over to our  friends  house , where  they  installed  the  same  pool  we  got installed  last August !  It looks  really well.   Our  daughter  had  a double  header  game on  Thursday  and  they won both games.  Last  night   was  a fun  night to  watch all the  kids in the  pool  enjoying  themselves . I did  not  go in  myself .  We sat  back  and  watched . 

Today as  I said  we  are  going to the in-laws camper  Saturday into Sunday.  They have a  long  term lease on a   spot to put it by  a lake  2 and  a half  hours  from  here.  I am  not  sure if we  will all  stay overnight ,  but their house is a  half hour away  so we  might go there  and  the  kids  stay with Grandma  and  Grandpa in the  the  camper!   We will come  back  around Midday  tomorrow . We are invited  to our  friends  Brandon and Josette  for an adults  evening  Sunday with a  bonfire and  games . I am not sure if we will make it, but hope to after  the  travelling.  We  might go  to a  local parade on  the  4th in the  morning , and  will watch  fireworks in the  evening/night. 

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July 2nd 2022

Shoutout :-  to our  daughter  who celebrates  … wait for it …  her  15th  birthday today !  I dont  know  where  the  time  has  gone  , but  she will  be  starting  drivers  education and possibly  driving  this  year  with an adult !   Best wishes, Mom Dad  and  all the  family. 

 

Have a  lovely  week  and  for  those in the  United  States  a  lovely   Independence  day on Monday , love, Terri xo. 

Dress of the week June 25th !

Good morning Ladies ! June keeps flying by at a fast pace , we have officially started summer and passed the longest day of the year ! Where is the time going ? We are starting off this Saturday morning with some rain which is needed really. It is going to brighten up later though.

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Last  week I left off   with us  after  coming  back  from our  daughters  softball  tournament in Wisconsin.   On Sunday morning  we  went to  church ,  afterwards  we  went  for coffee  and  donuts  to  celebrate  all the  Dads !    We  had a   relaxing   afternoon  and I was  able to follow  my  daughters  softball tournament on an app where one of the  parents  updates   play  by  play   and  score  by score, it is  really cool to have.  They  got to the  Championship  game  and   lost  by one  run  !!   They had  won the  2  previous  tournaments  so  it is  ok to  come  second  sometimes.    Myself  and  the  boys  had  a  nice  dinner .  

  On Monday  afternoon  we   travelled  2.5 hours   to  stay  at a  hotel  before our  sons trap team    event on Tuesday.   It  was a  small  room   but  it  was   cozy.    We  arrived  at  the   event  soon  after  8am .   We  had  to  wait a  few  hours  before  he  was   ready to    go.      they  did   50   then  stopped,  then a  few  hours  later  finished  their  last  50.   Overall he  shot  61 out of  100   which was  pretty good,  but  he  was  hard on  himself  for not  shooting  more !   He  did  great!  We  left  there at  about  5pm   and  stooped  for  dinner   about an hour  from  home.   On Thursday  evening we  had  softball  and  baseball games  to attend!  

Last  night  we  went out on a  double  date with our  friends  Jordan  and  Angie. They  are a  fun  couple  and  it  had  been  about  2  months  since  we  got to  see  them.  We  had    a  lovely time  chatting   , and  catching up.  

 

The Basement  Project  completion !! 

As  promised  last  week I am including pics of our  project , the  bedroom/ bathroom  .  We  still have a  family  room to  complete  at  a  later  date  but  this  was  to give our  daughter  her own  space!  It  started  in the  depths of  winter  and  she  finally moved in  Last Sunday  night  after  getting  back from   softball. The  question was  asked  numerous  times  ” When will my  bedroom  be  finished ? ”    It is finished apart  from the  window  treatments , excuse the  green curtains in the  pics, original to the  house!  20220617_215707

This is the view looking from the family room . You can see the outside is not finished.

The  Bathroom    with  vanity  cabinet   sink  and  linen  cabinet.   We did an  accent  wallpaper  wall.   The  black  wall art  also  acts as a  robe hook   with little pivots to pull out when needed. 

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The  view  from Family  room into the  bedroom, again excuse the  curtains !! 20220617_21425920220617_21431920220617_215615

That  is the  project with  the  closet also . We do have another coat to put on closet doors but that will be  easy   to finish.   I hope you enjoyed it ! 

 

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Have a  beautiful weekend, Terri xo. 

Dress of the week June 18th !

Good Morning Ladies !! I am writing this a day late but yesterday was a busy one ! The sun is up and it is going to be a hot one today . It is supposed to reach 97f ( 36c ) in the afternoon. Yesterday was a hot one too but not at what today will be .

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When  I  left off  last  Saturday   We  were  going to be  busy  with  a  softball tournament in the  next  town over for our  daughter  .  That indeed  was  the  case They  started off on Saturday  morning  with a  loss  then won their  evening  game.    That set up  Sundays  play nicely .  They  started off with a  big  win  which  brought them to a  semi-final.   They  got a  big  win in that  game , the girls  were on  fire!  It set up a  final against the  team they  were  beaten by on Saturday.  Amazingly ,  having  been  beaten  by  5  runs the day before  the  girls  won the  tournament  with  another  big   win!!  Congratulation  to   them !  It  was  very exciting   for  them to   win it all !   

Ok  so  back to  Saturday ,    during the   games  we   got  to attend  the  graduation  party  for  our  next  door  neighbor  girl  as  she  completes   high  school  and   is off to  college in the  fall. They  had  finished  painting in their  garage  to  have it all  set  to  host  the  party,   It was  a nice  day    and  the  there  was  a  lot of  people  who turned up to honour  her. Well done  Reece !

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Monday   morning  soon came  and  back to the  grind  !    Excitingly  we  passed our  electrical inspection on our  basement  project.   A  step closer  to  completion.  

Our   second  son  stared  an  elimination  diet this week as  he   has   food  allergies.   Certain  food  do not  agree  with him.  He  cannot  have  dairy or  wheat.    He will be on it  for  6  to  8  weeks .   Lets  hope  we   come to  a  solution  for  him  going  forward.   On Thursday  afternoon  we      got our  final  building  inspection  so   our  daughter  can  move  into  her  new   bedroom  as  soon as  we   clean  the  Bathroom  and   bedroom  ,  and  also just  a   bit of  paint  touch up.  Phew.. I am  glad  that project is  99%  done ! I will post  the  finished  pics  next  week !  Our  son  had   baseball  and  they  won  against another  town team  where he  had   schoolmates  and friends  playing against  him ! 

I might  be  sounding like a   broken  record  but  on  Friday  our  daughter   started another  weekend  tournament , this  time in  Menomonie Wisconsin.   It  is  a  1hr  20min  drive. She is spending   the  weekend  at   the  hotel,   while I  am the  parent that  drew  the  boys  to be  with!   Myself and the  boys  went  yesterday to  see  their evening  game .  They also got to  swim  at  an  outdoor  waterpark in  between  games.  We  arrived  back   at 9pm  last night. The  boys  were  ready for  bed  soon  after ! 

 

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Shoutout!  Wishing  all the  Dad’s  a   happy fathers  day  ! 

Have a  great  week,  Terri xo. 

Dress of the week June 11th!

Good morning to you Ladies ! How are you doing today ? It is starting off cloudy here and there will be rain showers on and off throughout the day, I am hoping they are mostly off ! Our next door neighbors eldest daughter graduated high school this year and they are having their grad party today. A lot of it will take place in their garage, which her Parents spent a lot of hours finishing the walls and painting to get ready for the party. But it will be nice for them to have outdoor time too. We are storing some of their garage equipment in ours to give then extra room ! We had mostly sunny days here though this week.

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Our new floral basket on deck .

 

I left off  last  week   with  the  big   event  being our  daughters  softball tournament in the   the  ball  fields  close to our  house.   There  were  teams  from  all over  the   metro  area  at  it and  beyond.    They won  2  out of  3  on the  Friday night.   Then on Saturday  they    went  on a   winning  run  and  got to  the  championship  game !!   They faced  a  strong  Mankato team  who are always  good.   The  game  was  pretty  tense  with  our  team in the  lead  and  then  theirs.   We   needed to get  a  run in the  bottom of the  fifth to  tie the  game.   We  got  that!  In the  6th  we  held   them scoreless  when they  were  batting.  Then our  girls  went on  a  scoring  spree  with 5  runs!  to take the lead!  Mankato  got  one  run  back in the  7th   but  were unable to  catch us   and  the  girls  won the  tournament  to  great excitement!  It  finished  at 10:30 pm  Saturday  night !   Well done  Girls. 

 

Sunday  we  went to  church for the   feast of  Pentecost  ,  commemorating  when the Holy Spirit  descended on the  the  apostles of  Jesus  giving  them  the    courage to  go out and  convert the  people to Christianity.  We did  put down a  green  carpeting  under our  deck in the  afternoon  to  finish off  the  area,  the  grass  does  not  grow  well  there!   On  Monday it  was  back to the  grind  for  me ,  The  kids  were in their   first  full  week of  summer  vacation ! On Monday  night  we  went to  a  local  waterpark as  an early  surprise   for  the Shoutout  below !  We  are  still  chipping  away at  our basement   bedroom/ bathroom  project,  it is  nearly ready for  electrical inspection on Monday ! we  still have  doors to rehang  and  the door  knobs,  also a  few  more  little   items to complete. 

On Thursday  both our  daughter  and second  son   had  ball  games !   Our  daughter  had a  double  header  against a  local team tat  they  won,   and  our  son had  a  single  game  at his  age  level.   They  won the  game,  a  big surprise  was  when  the coach put our  son in to be  the pitcher !   He   tried  very hard  ,  has  a strong  throw,  but  could  be  good  at it with  practice.  It  was  fun to watch him !  

 

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We  have  another  softball tournament  today  and  tomorrow ,  also our  son  on the  trap team  has  practice  for the  state  tournament  in  10  days  time.   We  also  will  try to get to the  party  next  door  ! 

 

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June 11 2022

Shoutout :-   to our  baby ,  he wont  like  me  calling  him  that  ,  but  he   turns  7  today !!  It is  hard to  believe    but  he  is  growing up.  Lots of  Love, Mom Dad and all the  family !! 

 

Have a  beautiful  weekend everyone,  Terri  xo. 

Dress of the week June 4th !

Good morning ladies and I cannot believe I am saying it but welcome to June on my blog!!!! May went in so fast and spring finally arrived in May for us ! We have had really beautiful weather for the most part.

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Last weekend  was a  long  one in the  U.S.   It was  even longer  for  me  as our  youngest  was  feeling  unwell on the  Thursday  night  and  we  decided to  keep   him  home  from  school  as  a precaution On Friday .   Also on Friday  the  carpet  was  installed  in the    basement  bedroom project  for our  daughter. we also had  the  temporary  bedroom  she is  using , an office on the  ground  level carpeted.  Thanks to our  installer  Oleg , a lovely young man !  On Saturday  morning  I  went  for  a  walk in the  woods  with our  eldest  son. It was a  lovely  nature  walk but it  started  to  rain   during it. so we  cut it  short  . My    phone took in  some  moisture  and I had to go to the  phone store with it.   They were  not able to fix it  and I  had  to  have  a  new one  sent to  me,  it is  why I  have insurance!   In the  afternoon    our   middle  boy had  friends  come over to play.   They    went  swimming in our  still cold to  me   pool!!  They did not  have  any issues.  

Sunday  was   a relaxing   day   with  nothing  pressing on the  agenda.  On the  holiday Monday  we  went  to   watch our  local town  baseball  team in action. They would  be  considered  minor  league  but the standard  was  really good.   It  was a  fun  day out     for  family   and    and  good  food  as  well! 

 

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Miesville Minnesota !

 

Tuesday  was  back to  reality  ,  but  for our  youngest  2  it  was  the  day they  got  their  summer   vacation.  They  had to  go in  for a  few  hours   and  then were  done !! I  remember  those  carefree   days !   On  Thursday our older  2   finished  for the  year .    There  was  softball and  baseball  games  for our  2  players on Thursday  night . Our  daughter  had  a  game  across the  state  border in Wisconsin,   and our  son  had to  travel a   half hour to his  game. We  had  to  divide  and  conquer  as   parents .  Our  daughters,  team  won  but our  son’s   came up  against a  stronger  team.    Last  night our  daughters  team  played  the  first  3  games in  the local tournament   They won  2  and  lost 1 .  I will update you on the  rest of the  tournament  next  week. 

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Shoutout !-    To  my  beautiful  friend  Gemma   who  started   a  new job in  recent  weeks !  I am  excited  for    her     new  opportunity ,  well  done  Gemma ! 

 

Have a  beautiful  week,  Terri xo.  

 

 

 

 

Dress of the week May 21st !

Good  morning  Ladies !   Can you believe   we  are   2/3 of  the  way  through  May already ?   It  seems  to  be  going  by  so  fast .  Today is  starting off  nice  and  sunny   but  the  weekend  is  going to  be  changeable  with  cloudy weather and  maybe  some  rain  also.   We  also  had   rough  weather  during the  week  with hailstones   also !    Our   daughter and son’s  ball games  were  cancelled   on Thursday.   The upside is  that  everything  is  starting to  blossom! 

 

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Last  week  I  said   I  was   painting  some  wood  trim . I  indeed did  paint it   .  We   brought it outside into the  sun  and  it  was  able to  dry   nicely.    We   also set up doors  in the  basement  for  painting , they are not  done  yet .  The  carpet in the  basement  bedroom  is  ordered  and we  are waiting on a  date  for  the  installers to   come.  Once the  wood  trim is installed it will  just  be  electrical  to finish and the   bedroom/bathroom will be  done! then the  fun  finishing touches of shower  curtain ,   and  accessories.    

In the  afternoon  I had to  check people in for our  eldest son’s  trap team. it  was  my week to volunteer.  We  were  there  for  about  3  hours  and it went  pretty smooth!   On Saturday  evening  the  kids  had  their  friend  Maddi come over and  they went  swimming.  All I can say right now is  Brrr!!  They   so  enjoyed it  though.   On Sunday  I went to early Church,  then  we  drove to help  my  aunt-in-law  with a  few  things  after  she  had  moved  to a  new  apartment   the  previous  day.  I usually like to  take it  easy on Sunday  but  this  was   an  exception.   We  got  home  at  about  6pm. 

 

Monday came fast as usual , we met with an insurance adjuster in the afternoon as we possibly have hail damage on our roof. We are waiting to hear back from him. Tuesday evening we did grass cutting . It was the first time since we moved home last June, as there had been a lawn service paid for until October 2021! We will handle it from now on. Wednesday and Thursday went by quickly . Last night there was a food in the park event in our neighborhood. There were a few different vendors and it was a chance to chat with people. Today there will be numerous chores to tackle…. I just have to get motivated ! The kids are going to an early morning Minnesota twins camp for 2 hours, so that should be fun !

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  Have a   beautiful weekend,  Terri xoxo. 

Dress of  the  week  May 14th !

Good  morning  Ladies  from a  sunny   Minnesota  morning ! We  got  thunderstorms  and  tornado  warnings  Wednesday  night,  we  had  to  go  to the  basement   as  suggested  by the  weather authorities !  The  kids   had  lots of  of  questions, the  younger ones  especially.  We  got  a  little  bit of  hailstones  also.   Since  then it  has  been  sunny  skies !

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So  Last  Saturday  I  left   you all  quick  to  get  ready for  the  wedding of our  friend  Brandon  and  Josette.  We  drove    the  50mins to the  hotel on the  north  side of  the  twin  cities   where    everything   was  at the  same  venue .   They  had the  Pastor come in  and  perform the   ceremony .  The  main  reading  was  1 Corinthians 13 ,    a  popular  wedding   passage of the  Bible.  Even though there  will be  tough times, love  remains  a  constant .  They  soon  became  husband  and  wife !!  it  was  lovely.   Soon  after   there  was  the  cocktail  hour  with  everyone   unwinding  with  a  few   drinks!    Then  the  dinner  came  soon  after   and  was  very good.  We  were  seated   with  2  other  couples  we  had  not  met  before  so it  was  nice  getting  to  chat  with   and  have a    fun time  with. One  couple  lives  close  to us .    The  DJ   started   right after  the    cake  was  served ,  then after  the  first  dance  people got out on the  dance  floor  too!    Most of the  music  was  from the  90’s   and  the  dj  also  took  requests for  those  wanting to  branch into the  80’s !!   We  left  before  it  was  all over ,  it  was  a  lovely  day to  remember. 

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  On  Sunday it  was  up  early  for   Church .  Then  in  the  afternoon our  youngest had  his  last   Swimming  lesson of  the  season( surprising it was on Mothers  day!)     We  had  a  quiet  Mothers  day  afternoon  together   with just our own  immediate  family.  We   went out  to  a local  restaurant    for  dinner  to  complete  a  nice  day. 

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Monday   was   a  nice  day to  start the  week .  It  was  pretty standard.  On Tuesday our  9 yr old  had his  first  baseball game of the  season!   It was   fun to  get out  and  see  him  play and the  weather  was lovely. They won their  first  game   and  they  were  really happy  afterwards.   Then on  Thursday they  had  another  game   and  got  their   second  win.   I  felt  bad  for the other  team’s  pitcher.  he  was  really  struggling to get  the  ball to the  plate  and  it took a  long  time  for  his  coach to  relieve him.   

 We opened  our  pool  last  night!!  Our    fearless  kids  had  to go in for the first  swim !!!  I will wait   until it  warms up a  little.  Once in they  got used to the  temps  and  had  fun.  As  they  were  swimming  we  had  a  backyard  bonfire  , also our  first   of  the  year. 

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Saturday morning pool view !

Today I  have to do some  painting of  wood  trim  and  doors  for  basement.  We are  getting  carpet  ordered  also. Then later I am   checking  people in  for  my  son’s  trap  team  event. 

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Shoutout !!!-  This  is a  special   shoutout to  my blog  friend  Mackenzie  who  gave  birth to    her  gorgeous  baby girl Quinn Rae  on  May 6th !   Congratulations to  her and  husband  DJ .  What  a   perfect  gift  from God  just in time  for Mothers  day!  Sending love to  all  3  of you❤❤❤   I hope to  share  pictures in a  future  post. 

Have a  beautiful  weekend,  Terri xo. 

Dress of the week May 7th!

Good  morning  ladies  from  a  sunny Minnesota ! It  is  a whopping  63f  at  9:30am already,   spring  has  finally  sprung  for us !   I am so excited  after a  lot of  days  with cold  temps  the  future  looks  good. 

 

Todays   post  will  be   pretty  short,  we  are  going  to the  wedding of our  friends  Brandon  and  Josette  later  at 4:30 . It is   going to  be  a  beautiful occasion.    Brandon and  Josette   were neighbors of ours, our  old  house  was on a square  block  with a  big field in the  middle  for  playing/ relaxing .   Brandon and  Josette  met in the  field !   The  rest  as  they  say is  history. We  were honored to be  with both of  them  on a  night out  when  he  proposed to her !  We   were in on the  secret  , and it was a  beautiful occasion to be  part of. Now  they are  going to be  joined in marriage. I am a  hopeless romantic  and  am looking  forward to later ! 

 

The  past  week  was  busy with  sports, house  projects , school  work etc !! It  will be  nice to enjoy the  afternoon and  evening  ahead! 

 

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Wishing  you alla   lovely weekend  and  Happy mothers  day to all the  Moms !!!    With love, Terri xo. (  Got to go!!)

Dress of the week April 30th !

Good  morning  Ladies !!   You  join  me  this  morning  from a   wet and  rainy Minnesota .  We   had a  few  sunny  days  during the  week   but  the  temperatures are  staying on the  cooler  side  for  April.     So I look  forward  to  tomorrow and  the  first of  May  and   warmer days  ahead!

be good to yourself

 

I  started  last  weeks  post  on Saturday  but it  did  not  publish until the  middle of the  week when I finally finished it !    I  finished the  post  telling  you about our daughter spraining  her   foot. It  was  scary at  the time to find out  she  hurt her    foot  at  a  friends house  after   missing  a  step. It  came close on the  heels of our  son  fracturing his  shinbone in November so you can imagine what I  was  thinking “Here  we  go again!”  We  picked  her up     and  got  her to   the  emergency room.  It  turns out it  was  a  sprain only and  nothing  broken !    She  was  sent home  with  crutches   and  had  to use  them  for  the  first few  days. Then  she  was  able  to  walk on  her  foot  and  is making  great progress. She  will be able to  get  back to  playing  softball in a  few  weeks. 

 

On  Sunday  morning  we  went  to  Church  and  also   to  the  coffee and  donuts  provided afterwards. We  had a  nice  chat with another family from the  parish.   Our  youngest  had  swim lessons in the  afternoon   and  we  had a  relaxing   day thereafter. We were  back to the  weekly  grind  on  Monday .  Our   9yr old  had his  first  baseball  training  session of the  season,  he  has a  few  friends on the  team  so is  happy about  that , but it is  good  to  meet  other  kids  that he does not  know yet.   He  also has  training on  Thursdays .  Two of our  3  doors  were  installed  during the  week on the  basement  project  and  we also have  carpet picked out for the  new  bedroom  and our  main floor office! The   carpet  company   owner is coming on  Friday May 6th to measure   the areas we are installing.  You will have to wish me luck today ! I am  undertaking  to  grout  the  tile  floor in our  new  bathroom  today !!    I will  look at  some  online  videos for the  correct  technique ! Hopefully  I will have  good  results  next  week !  

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  Have  a   beautiful  weekend  and  a  lovely start  to May !   Best wishes, Terri xo. 

Dress of the week April 23rd !

Good morning Ladies from a sunny Minnesota ! I am glad it is going to be a nice day after a lot of rain yesterday . I said rain not snow so you can tell the temps are rising ! There is a silver lining!

At the  end of Last weeks  post   I said   we  were  working in the  basement  painting .   We  did  get  two  coats on the  bedroom . In the  bathroom  we  made a last  minute  decision to put  wallpaper on the  sink  wall.  We  have it ordered   now.  We  also  have the  doors  ordered  , and  will pick  carpet  soon. 

On  Sunday morning we  woke up early  and  when it  got  light we  noticed  the  Easter  bunny had visited our  house  with   eggs in the  front  and  back yard !  We  went  to the early 8am  mass  at  church.  It was a lovely mass  to  celebrate the  risen savior ! After  Mass  we  came home  and  the  kids  went on the Easter  egg hunt.   After  a  few  minutes  they had  full   buckets !  

 

Soon   after  we  got packed up  and  made the  90 minute  drive to my Brother-in-law and  his  family’s  house to  celebrate  Easter  with all the  family.   It was a  lovely afternoon  together , the  Easter  bunny  had  also   stopped  by their house so there  was  another egg  hunt  for the  kids .   It  was a   as  we  had  snow a  little  later ! 

 

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 We  spent  a  few  hours  and  then it  was  time to make the  trip home   to get  ready for  another  week!  It   went   pretty  standard   as  it  does  during the  school year. We  did  treat ourselves  by going out to eat  on Wednesday  evening.    After work on Friday   was  different!  We  went to  look at  carpet  samples in the  showroom   part of the company i work for! It  was  nice  being  there after  hours  and  getting a   chance to look at  ease. We are  still  deciding on  a  carpet for the  basement. Decisions !!   On Saturday we worked on the  basement  bathroom  by installing  a  tile  floor! We  rented  a  tile  cutting saw  and it  went  smooth!  here is the  result  below ! 

 

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On  Saturday  evening  our  daughter  went to  a  friends  house  and  after  an hour  we  got a  call  that  she had  hurt  her  foot coming off a   step  awkwardly.  So   we  brought  her to the  ER  and it  turns out it  was a  sprain, I am glad  there  was  nothing  broken ! 

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  Have a  beautiful  week  and I will chat  again at  weekend !!

Dress of the week April 16th !

Good morning Ladies from a cloudy Minnesota this Easter Saturday ! We have been having a lot of wind here this past few weeks . We also have had some nice sunshine during the week.

I  wanted to  add  the  video  above ,  telling the  story of  Easter  week  and  the resurrection   of  Jesus on Easter  Sunday.   It is a beautiful  Hallelujah . 

 

I  finished  last  week  with  a  late  Sunday post.   Monday   was a  busy day  with  work  . Then in the  evening  we  started to prime the walls  in our ongoing  basement bedroom/bathroom project!  But it is exciting to finally be  painting.   Tuesday  was  similar  with more  priming   in the  evening, I was  tired after  the  second  evening !!   Wednesday  was  the  kids  last  night  of  Church  class  for the  year! I want to thank all the  teachers  who volunteered  to  teach our  kids in  their  faith  journey in 2021-22 !   Maybe someday I will have the  conviction to  do the  same!  

 

On Thursday evening it  was  the  feast of the  last  supper .   Jesus  last  meal with his  disciples . Holy Thursday celebrates the institution of the Eucharist as the true body and blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the sacrament of the priesthood. 

 

Good  Friday   was a  day of fasting  as it is   during  all  Fridays in lent for  Catholics .   Our  Church had  an afternoon  celebration of hte passion of Jesus, but I  was  not  able to make it to that one.  I went to a  nearby  Church  where  they  had a  7pm offering. It was a  beautiful  and poignant  event, with everyone getting to  go up on the  altar  to kneel in  veneration to Jesus on the  cross. 

 

Today  we  will  probably complete  the  painting in the  basement  with 2  coats of finish  paint !   Tomorrow  we  go to my in-laws  for  Easter .   

 

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  Have a  lovely  Easter everyone,  Terri xo. 

Dress of the week April 10th !

Good  morning  Ladies!  I am  back  again after  another  2  weeks  since  I  posted !   Last  weekend  was  one   where I was   busy and  did not  get  around to  writing . It looks  like  spring  is  here ,   but I am  guarded  with that  word “looks”   as  you  can  never  tell  when   your  next  snowfall  will  come in Minnesota.   We  did  have a  few  skiffs  of  snow  during the  week   but  they  went  away  quick. this  morning it is   just  above  freezing  at   35F.    Our  grass is   slowly turning to a   shade of  green  from   brown, yay! 

 

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Waiting for these beauties to show up !!

 

 When I left off   2  weeks  ago   I had  said I  was  going on Saturday  with my son to  his  new  sport  trap shooting. They  shoot what is  called  clay pigeons ,  little  discs  not  the  birds  thankfully !   He  has  struggled  in  other  sports  but is  really enjoying this one. I want the  best  for  him. The mid  week was    busy  with   work   and   school  for us .  On last  weekend , Saturday we  had   visitors in  our old next  door   neighbors  Paul  , Patricia  and  their  4  kids, they are  busy having the  same  number  kids as  us  but  their  youngest is  nearly  2  , so still in  the  busy stage.  it  was  nice  to see them again in a relaxed  get together  at our  house.  They  liked our house so much  that they  are  now  looking  to  move  close to us if  the  right house  comes up!    On Sunday we  went to  church  and  they  had  a nice pancake  breakfast  afterwards, we  look  forward to it!  Our youngest  had  swim  lessons in the afternoon. Monday morning  came  fast  and  another  week !    There  was  not  anything  out of  the  ordinary  that  happened during the  week. On  Friday night we invited our  friends Brian and Crystal over along with their  kids  for  game  night , we  had a lot of fun,   with the game  spoons  being the  best , you have to be  fast  ! On Saturday(yesterday )  we  started  painting in our  daughters  new  bedroom !!   We  got one coat on the  ceiling  and  are  going to apply  a second one.   We  did  not  get too  much paint time in  as  we  we were also entertaining  yesterday afternoon  /evening! ( Seems  we  are  becoming  quite the  hosts!)   Chris, Jen  and  their  kids  came and  also  Eric , Sarah  and  their  daughter  visited.  We  had  not  seen them  since  early 2020 , after we  were all robbed of  friend time  for  the  past  2  years , but  everyone is  getting  back to normalcy Thank God ! We  chatted , had  some good  food ,  and  for  the adults not  driving  home a  glass of  wine or  beers for the  guys!  We  also did  some  games , beanbags (cornhole)   and other  board  games, the  kids also got out on the  trampoline  as  the weather  was  nice!   They left  around 9pm  after a  lovely time together! 

 

Now you are up to  date, I will finish our Las Vegas  trip review !  On the Sunday morning  we  were  there I woke  before  everyone and  went on a early morning  walk. It was  pretty quiet on Las Vegas Boulevard . 

It  was  a  really  nice  day !   I got  back  to the  hotel  and  got  ready for  Church.   Went to a   Lebanese  Catholic  Church nearby, it  was  slightly  different  but  a  lovely   experience. 

 

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After  some  food  and   relaxation  we    took on the  90 minute  journey  south to  Bullhead  city Arizona  to meet  friends  from Minnesota  who were  nearby. They  were bringing  their  son to  Arizona  for  a  college tour   and  we  arranged to    both  drive    and  meet  in the  middle !   We  had  lunch  and   chatted   , then went to Scooters   fun park   where  the  kids did activities  from  batting  cages to go carts    and  mini golf ! I  played the  mini golf  too actually !   I was  able  to  take this  photo below of the  beautiful sunset  before we left to  return to Vegas. 

 

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  We  got  back to the  hotel late ,  and  were  ready for  sleep!  On Monday  we  went to  the  strip  area  and    Mandalay Bay.    We  walked  around  the  grounds   and  some of the  stores inside , then  we  went to  the Irish restaurant I had  been  wanting to go to !! The  food  was  very good , I also got to meet the Irish Bartender ! 

 

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  We  came  back to the  hotel  and  relaxed in the pool  and  hot tub   for the  evening.   The  next and last  day we  went to  Krispy Creme for some  guilty pleasures , donuts !! We  used to have one  here  but it  closed a  number of  years  ago.   You can  watch the  doughnut  making in progress  but  we  just  missed that  part, next  time !  I was  able to capture the  snow capped  mountains in the  distance from Krispy Kreme, just in case I was  missing the snow  from  home!

 

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It  was  then time  to go  back to the hotel  and  do a  clean up    and  then  eventually  go to the airport. Of course there was some more window shopping to do! 

 

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That was  our  trip  , I would  definitely go back again in March to escape winter  ! 

I started this post in the early morning and it is now  early  evening. We went to Palm Sunday Mass  this  morning it was a lovely poignant  reading of the passion and  Christ’s  ultimate death on the cross  for us.

 

 

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Have a beautiful week ahead , Terri xo.

Dress of the week March 26th !

Good morning Ladies ! I have done it again missing out on my weekly post and recently I have just managed every two weeks . We are finally seeing spring temperatures during the day with a little freeze some nights. Our carpet of snow is now gone though !

When  I  left off  2  weeks  ago I  had  told  you  about  a  family funeral  coming up.  Pete,  who is my Grandpa  through marriage  passed  away  while  we  were in Vegas . It  was hard on  my father in law  to be  there  when  his  Dad  passed .  But  he  got  back home  two days  later  and  made the  arrangements.   So the  funeral  mass was celebrated  last Saturday morning.   It  was a  lovely send off  with a  nice  homily on his life  by the  priest.  He was a  veteran of the  armed  forces   and  got  a military   send off with a  3  gun  salute . The  bugle  sounded  and it  brought us to  tears.   We  had  lunch directly  afterwards  and  then at  1:30pm  we  we  drove  45 minutes  west  where  he  was  buried in  the  cemetery his  wife  had  been  laid to  rest in  18 months  previous.  It is the  end of an  era  and  that  generation in our  family .  May God  grant you eternal rest Pete. 

 

Bible verse on passed loved one

 

We  got  home  at  8pm  after  a  long  day  travelling ,  a  sad  day for us left  behind  but a  happy day  for  Pete ,  who is  reunited  with his loved ones in God’s Kingdom. 

On Sunday there  was  church  and  then afterwards  our  youngest  had  swim lessons. He is  doing  really  well.   In the  evening we  had our  friend Brandon , his  Fiancé  Josette  and  his daughter Maddi over  for  dinner   and  just  to  see  each other after  a long   spell of  busyness for us all. They  are  busy too  with  their  wedding coming up in early May ! Looking  forward to that!   The  work and  school  week  started  again   and it  was  pretty standard .   One of our  sons   celebrated  his    9th  birthday  yesterday !  He is  growing up so fast its  hard to believe  really.   Myself  and my oldest  son are home this weekend .  My sweetie went to Fargo  with 3 of our kids  for a  get together  with  an old college  roommate  and  to hang out with their family and  kids.  Our  son  has joined  the  local trap team and is  excited to start today. I will go along  and offer  my support! 

 

So  now on to Las  Vegas  Part  two !!   I left off the  last post  with a  look at  the  hotel  and our  suite , also a quick peek into the  nearby  casino.  We  stayed close  by  the  hotel  early in the day  on Saturday  and  then late  afternoon went to the  downtown area . We  first went   and parked by the  miracle mile  shopping  and  dining  mall. It  was a  really nice  and  vibrant  area and of  course I did some  window  shopping ! 

 

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Then we  went outside to see Vegas  by night ! It  was a  great  experience  seeing all the  casinos  lights .  We watched  the  Belagio  water  dance  show   where the fountains  dance to lights  and  music . It  was  amazing. You  can  see a  video here  Belagio fountain

 

 

 

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We  completed  the  evening  with dinner in the  miracle  mile  mall .  more to come in next  post ! 

 

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Have a  beautiful  week  ahead, Terri xo. 

Dress of the week March 13th !

Good   morning  Ladies !!   it  is   a sunny  Sunday morning here in  Minnesota ,  36f   and  getting up to  39 today.  With daylight savings  in the early hours of the morning  we lost  an hour   and I am  a bit   slow in getting  active ! I think evening  church will  be  attended today!

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from a few days ago

 

 

So now on to  Las  Vegas !!  We  left on Friday March  4th .  We had  dinner  then  drove to a park  and  ride  place  close to the airport   and dropped off the  car. Earlier in the  day  we  brought our  dog to a  dogsitter  through the rover app. She lives  10  minutes away  and  came  highly recommended .  We  got to the  airport  at  7pm  got  checked in  through security  and  met  my in-laws by the  departure  gate.  They have  the timeshare in Las  Vegas, or  they  can go to any major  city in the states basically. It was  so nice of them to invite us !  Our  flight took off at  9’30 pm   and was a   pretty   smooth trip to Vegas.  .  We  gained 2  hrs  heading west ,  Our  flight got in at 11pm local time.   We  got our  cases,  and  then waited for a  shuttle  bus to  car rental.  We got a nice  vehicle to fit us all. I didn’t   sign on to drive as I came back 2  days earlier than the rest of the  family. We then  drove and  found a  restaurant open as  the kids were  hungry! We  ate and then  headed to our hotel .  We were  there  around 12. 15  am  and were  staying on the 9th floor of the  Grandview   hotel.  After getting  settled  and  unpacking a little , getting the kids to bed ,  we both were going to bed at 1:15am!!!

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view from hotel window

 

The  kids  were  awake  early next morning ,  above is the  first  view we  had  from our hotel window.  you can see  the  mountains in the  background.  In this hotel  you  go into  your suite  via  a  shared foyer using a  keycard , then there is  suite A  and  suite B .  My in-laws  were in A  and the rest of us in B , except our 8 year old who wanted to stay   with them !!  We  had the 2  suite doors open all during trip so people could  easily  go from one to the other.

Above  are a  few  random photos  from our  suite we  also  had  a  stackable  washer  dryer  which was  nice !  In the photo  looking  towards the kitchen you can see  the open suite door . On our  first  day  there we   took things easy .  After  breakfast  we went to the swimming  pool and  hot tub pool .  Then after some of the adults went over to the  nearby Southpoint casino , it was a  5  minute  walk away.  I am not  really  a gambler but  it  was  nice to walk around and  see  what  people  were  doing at  machines , and also the horse racing section .

I  will  continue our Vegas adventure next  week.  We  had  some  sad  news on the  trip , the patriarch of the  family Pete  passed  away at  the age of 93  last  Wednesday. He  was so nice to me always ,  and on the  weekend before our wedding him and his  wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, it was the  first  event we did as  we  travelled  for our wedding week. His  funeral takes place  Saturday.   He is the last of the  Great Grandparents , may he rest in peace.  

 

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Have a great  week,  Terri xo.

Dress of the week February 26th !

Good  morning  Ladies ! It is  another  cold  morning  here  1 degree  as I look  at  my  countertop   thermometer .  The  week  started  so  nice  with Sunday being in  the  mid  thirties,  It  felt really good  with the  sunshine!   After  that it  all about  wrapping up in  layers  as you  went outside. 

 

As I said last Sunday , we stayed at a hotel nearby as the kids were off on Monday for presidents day. We checked in at 3:30 pm and our rooms were poolside, meaning you just open a sliding door and and you can get right to the pool area in the middle of the hotel. The kids changed fast and were in the pool immediately ! There are kiddy splash pools , but we are now beyond that for our youngest now . He is in the big pool and loves the water like the rest of his siblings. There is a big slide that they went down and had fun with. I put on my suit as well and got wet too! I also spent a little time in the hot tub . At 6 we went to a nearby Perkins restaurant for dinner. They were so understaffed , The greeter Lady also had to clean tables to get people seated. I felt bad for her. But everyplace seems to be looking for staff in the catering business now. We had a nice meal when it did come out. We went back to the hotel and the kids got back in the pool, us adults just sat and watched them play this time.

On Monday morning  it was  an early   check out  as  our  son  had a   doctors  appointment . It  was a  fun little  getaway  though !   The  week  went  back to normal Tuesday  with    work and  school.   On Wednesday we  got a   few inches of snow , just to  compliment the rest of our  snow  built up  for the past  few  months !   Last  night our  son  had a little playdate with his  friend Amelia   and  she also brought  some  girl scout  cookies  that we  purchased   from  her. They are  very tasty and  for a  good  cause.   

 

We will be  doing  some  final  prep  for our trip to Las Vegas   this weekend !  We  leave on Friday night   and will  arrive  late  , but I hope to   be up early Saturday  to see  the place !  I  am  not  sure if I will get to  write a  post but  if not  next week I will the following  week.  

 

Las Vegas !

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Have a  beautiful weekend ,  hugs  and  best  wishes, Terri xo. 

Dress of the week February 20th !

  Good  morning Ladies  from a  sunny balmy Minnesota !!  You  heard   right ,  it is  42  f  right now  and  sunny and  it  feels  amazing !  Lots will think I am crazy   but  when your  body is  climatized  to  sub zero  temps  this  feels  so  good.   Now where  did i put  that  sun  lotion ?!! 

 

Last Sunday  we   had a   nice  relaxing  day   and  then in the  evening  we   tuned into the  superbowl.    I enjoyed  it  for the  most  part,  The  commercials  were ok ,  half  time  show  pretty good  ,  and  was an exciting  finish with  the  Rams  winning  by one score  to  win  the  trophy.   Monday  came  around   fast   and  it  was  back to the  grind!  It  was also Valentines day( or St. Valentines day  as I first  remember it  being called )   A nice little  picture  below ! 

 

 

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We stayed  home  and  had a  nice  dinner  with the  whole  family.   Wednesday  was  church class  night  for the  kids .   There is always a  bit of  driving  that  night as   they go at  two different  times , but that is  ok.   On   Friday our  daughter  went to a  friends  for a  sleepover.  On Saturday   my in-laws  came  and  brought us  sauer kraut   and  dumplings  a  German    favorite, I have  gotten used to it  after  marrying into a part   German  family  !     My Father -in -law is  really good  at  making  them !   They  stayed  for a  few  hours  and  surprised the  kids with a  trip to Las Vegas  over  spring  break!  We  knew about it already,  but it  was   exciting  for  the  kids .  We  go on  March 4th  and  return March 10th !  It is a  more  family  friendly place  these  days  and I am interested to  see it  at  first  hand !   It will be  good to  experience  different  temperatures! 

 

We  are   still  working on our  basement  project ,  here are  a few  photos 

 

 

The  kids  are  off school  tomorrow   for  presidents day  and we  are staying in a  hotel for  tonight  with a  swimming park that has some nice  slides!     We  will be  checking in at  3:30 this afternoon. 

 

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Have a  beautiful week  ahead,  talk to you next week, Terri xo. 

Dress of the week February 13th !

Good morning Ladies ! You join me from another chilly Minnesota morning. it is -5f right now . Yesterday we woke up to rain and 36f. The rain is the worst this time of year , after its done it freezes and causes icy spots for driving in. It is better if it stays just under the freezing mark. We are promised a few days of cold weather going forward.

Happy Valentines day 2022

As  I  said  last  week  I  tested  positive  for  Covid  and   had to isolate  from  the  family.  It  was  tough  but  we  got  through . On  Monday I was  able to go  back to  work    and  was  advised to  wear a   mask for  the  week  as I  did .  Even  at home  I  stayed  away  for the  most  part  from   everyone   just  in   case,  I  did  not  want  to  get  anyone  sick. Wednesday  the  kids   were  back in  church  class . As  the  week   went on  I  was   getting  back to   normal.   I  was  just  happy I  didn’t   get    any  adverse  side  effects.   

 

On  Friday   night  our  daughter  had  a    bunch of  girlfriends over  for  a  sleepover.   I  made  them breakfast  on   Saturday morning  before  they  went their  separate  ways.  We   worked on the  basement    yesterday,  prepping the  walls  with  sheetrock  mud  . It is  a 3  part  process  so  maybe will be  ready in 2  weeks  for  paint!   Today  we  went to  church   and  later  will  watch the  superbowl(I think ! )  I will let you know  below  which team I want to win! 

 

Go Bengals

 

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Wishing  you a  lovely  week  ahead,  Terri xo. 

Dress of the week February 6th !!

Good   morning  Ladies !  I am  back  again  after  another  2  week break . On  Sunday January  23rd   we  went  to late  church . We  were  down one  car  as  one  was  in the  shop  for  repairs.   On Tuesday  the  25th  I took our  son  to     a  doctor  appointment  to  see how  he  was  progressing  with  his   boot  after  fracturing  his  shinbone  in  November.  He   got  good  news  and  was  told  he  does  not  need it  anymore  and  we  walked out of  the  hospital  with both  shoes on !!   As  a treat  we  went to one of  our  favorite  restaurants  Perkins on the  way home  for  lunch ! I spent the  rest of  the  day   doing  jobs  around  the  house. (  always  stuff  to do!) 

 

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The  rest of  the  week  went  by   quickly, it  was   nice  when Friday  came.   On  Saturday  we  worked on  our  basement  bedroom /   bathroom    project.   We  added   sound insulation   in the  floor   between the upper level,  and  were   ready to  start sheetrocking!    We  borrowed  a  sheetrock  lift  which  makes it  easy to  put it on the   ceiling.  You   put  the  sheet on the  platform  and  crank a  wheel,  magic !   On  Sunday   we  went to  normal  morning  church . It  was a  nice  afternoon  to  relax . We  did  watch some  football and  the Chargers and Cincinnati made it to the   superbowl.  

 

On  Monday  it  was  another   cold  day ,  I think I am  getting  used to them  now! It  was  back to  the  regular  week.  On  Tuesday  coming  home  from  work I  started  to    feel   a  little  weak   and  got  some  chills.  I  stopped  at  target to  pick up  food  for  dinner   and it  continued  .  I   came  home   and  decided  as a  precaution  to  do a   covid   test . We  have  some  in  home  testing  kits. I  went  through  all the   steps  and at  the  end   it came  back  POSITIVE !!    I  could  not  believe  it ,  but  accepted  the  results.   I  isolated  from  the   family  after that  and  took   the  Wednesday , Thursday  and  Friday off  work.   When  everyone  was  at  work  and  school  Wednesday I  did  some  small  chores  but  after  a   bit  I  was  starting to  feel  weak  again.   I listened to  my  body  and  took it  easy !   By Friday I was  starting to  come  around again  and  got  some  things  done.   This  weekend  I  have  been  hiding  away  with  everyone  at  home !   I  kind of  feel  guilty  but it  is  necessary.   This  is  the  last  day  of  isolation  but  I   will try and    be  careful  for the   next  few  as  well. 

 

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Have a  beautiful  and  healthy week  ahead !!!   Best wishes, Terri xo

Dress of the week January 22nd

Good  morning  Ladies !  I  hope  you  are   having  a  nice  weekend  where you are.  It is  relatively  warm  here  today  so far , 16f   after  having a  few  days  in the  past  week  down to minus  12    and  a  windchill too. The  joys of  Minnesota !  We also  had  a  light  snowshower  last  night.

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Last  Sunday  we   went to  Church  , and  had  a  nice   visiting  priest , he  was  a little  hard to understand  but  we  did  get   what  he  was  saying. Afterwards  we  had  a  nice time  at  home  and then   went to a  local restaurant  for   dinner. The  kids  were  off school Monday  for MLK day.   On Tuesday I was  able to  call my Mom  and  wish her  a  happy Birthday.  She  said  ” I am getting on in  years”   but  she is the one  who always  says  your  as  young  as  you  feel!  I  am  hoping  to  see her  in  person this  summer.    On Tuesday morning  I  got  the  sad  news  that  my Uncle , Aunts  husband  had  passed  away  after  a  few  years  in  declining  health.   He  lived  his life to  the  fullest, he was a  chef  who  worked  hard   and  also  played  hard in his  freetime. He  was  always  the  life of the party  and  will be  missed .   I was able to talk to my Aunt over the  phone that morning  which was  nice to comfort her. I  watched the  funeral mass online  earlier today.  May  he rest in  peace , a  man of  great faith . Wednesday  and  Thursday  went  by pretty much  as  normal.  We  did  get  a  new   heater installed  in the  garage Wednesday,  which is  nice  , it  works on a  thermostat  so  can  be  set  to turn off.

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Today we  have  basement  projects  we  will  be  working on in hopes to  soon  complete the  bedroom and  bathroom.   The  boys  are  going  to   go  snowmobiling  with   friends of ours , all I can say is brrr!!

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Have a  lovely  weekend , Terri  xo.

Dress of the week January 15th !

Good morning Ladies ! I am back after a two week break. I got so busy last weekend I did not get time to write to you ! On the 3rd the kids went back to school after the Christmas break. I think they were all ready for it ! It was a very cold week ! On Friday it reached minus 16 f or minus 27c !! That morning i video messaged my cousin in Perth Australia to chat and tell him about the weather extremes! It was 97f (36c ) with him !! Just 113f difference! Saturday was a day of work around the house . We did a project in our sons room which I will take photos of later for you to see. In the evening we had our friends Brandon , his Fiance Josette and his daughter Maddi over for dinner and games. We ordered pizza and it was very good! During the evening they announced a date for their wedding !!! They will become husband and wife on May 7th and we are looking forward to it now. She has her dress picked out and had a lovely day finding it with her mom and sister.

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On Sunday  morning i woke  up  with  an upset  stomach.   I stayed  home  from Church as a   precaution  and   layed  low  for the  rest of the  day. It was a  good  decision  and I  kept  away from  everyone else.  I was   much  better  on  Monday morning  and  was able to go to  work.  on  Monday our oldest  son  had  a  choir  concert at  the  high school. They all did  really well  for  the  hour  we  were   there. 

Wednesday  evening  the  kids  had   church class . During  class  i stopped at  a  local store  and  bumped into  my old  neighbor  Patricia ! She  was  so excited to see  me  and  gave me a  big  hug  right away !   She really  misses  our  family next  door , The new  couple are  nice  but  are  busy with work  a lot of the time.   We  agreed  to  have  them over  to visit one these  upcoming  weekends.  I was  glad  when Friday came !   The  two older  kids  had sleepovers that night  at friends  houses.   We  completed  the  project  in our sons room  last night!   I was at the  thrift store  recently  and  had to take this  cup home with me ! 

new coffee cup

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Have a  beautiful week ahead, A   big  shoutout to Kate  who  celebrated  her  birthday on January 10th and  to My Mom  who celebrates  hers  on the  18th . Take care, Terri xo. 

Dress of the week Jan 1st !!

Good  morning  Ladies !  It  seems   really  strange  to  say   that it is  January  1st .  I  want to   wish you all a   very  happy   new  year    for  the    12  months  ahead .   The  last   12  were   pretty much   dealing with  and  getting  through a  pandemic,   As  someone  who is  an optimist ,  I  hope for  a   bright    and  happy  2022  for all of us.  

 

2022!

In my last  post   December  18th   we   just  had our  gas  stove  installed .   I have to  say it  was  a  great  decision  to  go ahead  with it!  we were   so used to  gas  , that we  felt it  was  the  right  choice to   go ahead with .   On  Sunday 19th it  was  the   4th Sunday of  Advent. We  had    nice  family  time after  church.   The  new  work  and  school  week   came  around  quick    but   started to  go by  fast .  The  kids  finished  school   on  Wednesday  for the Christmas  season.   On Thursday  I had  our  work  party    that  started  at  noon  until  2pm.  It was  a   fun time to mingle !  On the  way  home  I did  a   little  last  minute   shopping (  guilty!) In the  early  hours of  Christmas  eve  morning , santa  made an early  visit to our  home as is  tradition   in our  half  German  household  !   The  kids   stockings   were   filled  and  they also  got  some  other  wrapped   gifts   he dropped off!   There   was  excitement  for a while then we   had  a   nice   brunch.  At  about  3pm  after  packing up  we  made  the  2   hour  journey to the  in-laws ! 

 

After  a   few   stops  we  arrived  at  5.40 pm  in time  for   dinner. Unfortunately my one  Brother -in-law  and  his  wife  and  family had  flu   and  could  not make it .   A  few   family gifts  were   exchanged   that evening as  well !   Christmas  morning  came  and  santa   had  showed  up  at Grandma’s  house also !!  What  a  guy !   We  did  get to  see  my other  brother-in-law , his  wife  and  their adorable  8  month old  son  also . After  Christmas   morning  church  we  had  a  nice  lunch   and  chatted for a  few  hours. In  the  evening  we   made   the  journey  back  home.  We  did   bring  back more  than we  came with !    Sunday  was  a   nice  day  to relax.   On Tuesday  our    youngest  got  his  cast  off   after   his  shinbone  fracture   and  they  put  him in  a  boot    as  the  last  part of  his  rehabilitation .  He  can  now   walk with the   boot and take it off at   night   and  have a   proper  shower or  bath!  He is   doing  so well! Also  on Tuesday the older  kids  and  their friend Maddi  went to  see  Spiderman.  Yesterday    we   went out  for   brunch to one of our  favorite  restaurants   Perkins  for a   nice   brunch treat! Then we  made  a  nice   dinner  where  the  kids   contributed  to   make. We  made it  to  midnight by  watching  some old  tv   shows. I Am  growing  weary of  the    countdown  tv  specials  with bands  and  individuals performing  I do not  even know ! Is anyone else on the same  page  with me ? !  

 

Carmen by the Christmas tree
My beautiful blog friend Carmen in her Christmas outfit ! I just had to feature her look after reaching out to her! Thank you Carmen !!

 

Here is the post featuring Carmen !

 

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I  want to   take  this opportunity to thank you all   for  your  support in the  past  year . It  truly means  a lot  to  have you as  friends   through  this  written  word  outlet   .  Sending you  many  blessings  for  2022 , love, Terri xo. 

Dress of the week December 18th !

Good morning Ladies ! I got so busy last week that I did not get a chance to sit down and post, my apologies ! I can review it here. It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas ! Just a week to go until Christmas day ! We have had some strange weather this past week alone. Last Friday we had a snowstorm that dropped 15 inches on us ! Saturday and Sunday were relatively mild in comparison . Early Wednesday it got close to 60 degrees F and snow melting . Then we had a windstorm , thunder and lightening . We were blessed though it did not do too much damage. I am counting my blessings after seeing the devastation and loss of life in Kentucky. God bless all of them affected.

On Thursday the 7th I took off and brought our son to the hospital for his latest appointment after fracturing his shinbone. He was in a full leg cast for a few weeks . When we got there they started to take it off. They use a small saw called an oscillator that cute the smallest amount into the cast. It was a little scary for my son but between myself and the technician we calmed him down ! It was good to have his leg free for a half hour or so. They did x-rays and the doctor was happy with how it is healing. They put a smaller cast on below the knee and said he could put more pressure on it walking. He is able to get around on it . He still uses a wheelchair for school. On Saturday we had friends , 3 couples and some of their kids over for lunch and to hang out for a few hours . It was a nice time ! Then in the afternoon we decorated !

On  Sunday  we  celebrated  the  3rd  week  of  Advent  or  Gaudete   where  the  rose colored  candle is  lit  and  the  priests  wear rose  color  vestments,  It means  rejoice , the   birth of  our Lord is  very near !   After   church it  was  a  pretty   relaxing  day .  Monday  started a  new  work  and  school  week .  On Wednesday  the   kids  Church  class   was  cancelled  due to   high   winds  and  possible  tornado  activity  but   Thank  God it did  not transpire.   On Thursday  evening our  Church  had  their  advent  reconciliation or  confession  night  with  6   visiting  priests and  our own  parish priest  hearing  the  sacrament.   On Friday I  was  off  as  we had  some workers  helping out with our  basement  bedroom/bathroom  project. One  guy  was  doing  the  electrical  rough in , running all the  wires . The other  was  adding heat  vents to  both rooms so it is   ready  before   sheetrock.    The  same  guy  also added a   new  gas  line  from our  mechanical room  to the new gas  stove  we  ordered! I am  so  excited to be using  a  gas  stove  again, I could  not  get  used to the  electric  one after  6 months  of living  here. This  was  the  time to do it  as  the  new  bedroom is  directly below  the  kitchen and  the  ceiling   would be inaccessible later.   Someone is  lined up to take our  electric stove. We  have  some  chores  today  before  Christmas !  

coffee by christmas tree

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Shoutout !!!    I  am  so  happy  to tell  you   my  friend  Mackenzie  and  her  husband  DJ  are   expecting their  first baby  in  May !!  She   will  make a   wonderful  Mom !  She  also just  told   those  who  follow   her   that   the  baby is  a  girl !!  I  am  very excited  for   both of  them.  You can  check out  her initial announcement ” so we have some news!”   or the cute ” we’re having a …..”  here. 

 

Wishing  you  a   blessed  and  peaceful  Christmas if I don’t get  a  post out  before then,  we  are  going to my in-laws , should  be  a lot of  good  family  time. take care,  Terri xo. 

Dress of the week December 4th !

Good  morning  Ladies !   It is  hard  to  believe  but it is   now  December , one of  my  most  favorite   months of the  year .  It is  the  month  we  welcome our lord  and  savior  Jesus Christ .  We  are  having   some  nice  weather  temperatures  here   for  Minnesota ,  We  dont  have  any  snow  on the   ground ,  but  we  are   promised  a  little   bit over   the  weekend . Thursday  was a  beautiful  day in the  low   50s  and   sunshine !  

Christmas bucket list

Last  Sunday  was    a   day of    quiet  family   time   after   the  busyness  of  thanksgiving.   The  kids   had  Monday off  school   to give  them    a   nice   long   late  November  mini  holiday.   Our  little  guy  who is in a  cast  due to   fracturing  his   shinbone    went  back to  school  Tuesday  after  being  off   for  over  a  week .  He is using his  wheelchair   and  had  lots of  attention  from the other  kindergartners  when he  returned! The  innocence of  little  kids !  Wednesday  the kids   also  returned  to  church class.    Thursday  was  a  pretty  normal  day of  work  and  home life .   On  Friday  I   went    food   shopping  , and  when there  I    seen Christmas  cards   and  realized  I  need to  get  them sent overseas quickly !  I will write  them  today .   Also today we  are  having   a  few   couples and  their  kids  over  for  lunch and  to   catch up. It  should  be   fun  ! 

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Vintage Christmas !

Later we  might  go out  shopping for a   new  gas  stove .  We  have  electric  right  now    but  have  been  so used to gas over the  years   that  we   want to  see  what is  available.  Which do you like, gas or  electric?    I also hope  to  see  some hallmark   Christmas  movies, they are  a   guilty  pleasure of  mine !! 

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 Have a  beautiful  weekend  everyone,  Terri xo. 

Dress of the week November 28th

Good afternoon Ladies ! I hope you are doing well on this Sunday . We are coming to the end of a 4 day weekend after celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday. I got a little time to sit down and write my post !

As  I left  you last  week  we  were   getting  ready to see   the orthopedic  doctor in  relation  to our  sons   fractured   leg  from the  previous  Tuesday.  We  both  went to the  appointment  on  Tuesday  morning  and  they took  a  look  at  the  leg.  They cut off the   splint  (soft cast)  and checked  things out.  Then  the  doctor  figured  he   needed  a    hard   cast  .  So  he  was  able  to  pick out  the  color  and  went  with  red.  It  was  interesting   watching the   technician  putting it on .  The  mesh  wraps  around  easily  and  then  it  hardens  pretty fast.  We  set up  a  new  appointment  for  December  7th.   we  were also able   to get  a  wheelchair   that day.   We use  it  when  needed around  the  house.  But it  is  so nice to have  when  we   leave!   He  is  getting    better  at  getting  around  himself ,  and  will go  back to  school Tuesday. 

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On Wednesday  evening   we  started  getting   things  ready  for  the  arrival of  our   guests  on Thursday.   We  got  the   extra  tables  and   chairs  set up  and  had  a  nice  evening  just  the  6  of us.   On  thanksgiving  morning  My  Mother and  father in law   arrived   first  with  their   side  dish , then a  little  later  my  brothers-in -law  and  their  families   showed  up .  In all  there  were   18  of us   and  we   had  a  lovely  family   day of  food   drink   and  laughter. We  had   5 people  stay over  in total( Mom  and  Dad -in- law  and  Brother in law   his  wife  and  baby son)     The  baby’s Mom unfortunately  woke  up  with earache  and  after   getting   checked   had  an internal  and   external   ear infection.   In the  afternoon we  made  a   bunch of  cookies ,  a  black Friday tradition! 

On  Saturday   we  had   breakfast  at  a  new   restaurant  in the  morning ,  and  did a    bunch of   work  around  the   house   and   got   some  inflatables  and   Christmas  lights  installed. 

 

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from a few years ago !!

This  morning   we   went to  church  for  the  first  Sunday  of  Advent ,  a  time to prepare  us  for  the    birth  of Jesus . 

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Have a   nice  week  ahead,  Terri xo. 

Dress of the week November 20th !

Good morning Ladies ! I started that first previous sentence on Saturday morning and that is as far as I got ! It is now Monday. last Saturday (13th) I had just watched the funeral online of my Uncle who passed to eternal life. I was able to compose myself and after that got busy with a bunch of chores and also we worked on the basement where we are building a new bedroom and bathroom for our daughter. it is at the framing stage and now needs plumbing electrical and heat /cool added . In the evening we had friends come over and had a nice evening with them. On Sunday after church there was a pancake breakfast and that is a popular event . In the afternoon I printed up a photo of my Uncle who passed , put it in a frame and put it on the remembrance table at our church as November is the month of the holy souls where we pray for those departed from this life and those in purgatory who need our prayers.

Monday  and   Tuesday  started off  normal   then  at  9.30 am I got a   call from  the   school  that   our  youngest  had  a  playground  accident  and  had   swelling  on his  leg. I left  work and    went to  pick him up ,  he  was in a  wheelchair in a  bit of  discomfort.  The   nurse  and  I  got  him loaded up  and  I  took him to  Childrens  hospital in St. Paul.  We  waited   a  while, He  was  feeling  ok after  a  while  with his  leg up in  a  chair.  We   then got   x rays   done  and  the  diagnosis  when  we  seen the   doctor  was  that it  was  a  shinbone   fracture. So they  commenced  to  putting a  splint in which is a  heavy  duty  bandage   put  together in  4  parts. We  wheeled  him to the  car  and  got  ready for  our new  life  experience!  He  did  really well. I had   enquired about  temporary  wheelchairs  for   our  son  but  they  did  not  know about any. 

 

We  got  him  home  and there was a  lot of  carrying   needed, he is  too young  for   crutches. He  had a  tough time  falling  asleep the  first   night  even  with the  medication  he  was  taking.   he  did  drop off  though. The  next  day I was   busy with him  , and  also calling  our primary  doctor, insurance  company and  anyone  else  we  could to  find a   chair  for  him. It was a   bit of a  runaround  and  we  eventually had to order a   chair online  , it  has  not  shipped  as  yet. He  has   spent  his  days sitting on our  new  couch with  footrest , and  generally  giving us orders!  He  needs  help to  use   the  bathroom,  but is  a trooper.  Saturday was  a  day of   keeping  busy, getting  ready for  thanksgiving and  minding our patient. He is  going to see the  specialist  tomorrow so we  will see  what  that entails going   forward.  

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Have  a  beautiful  week  ahead  and  a lovely  thanksgiving  if you are  celebrating, Terri xo. 

 

 

Dress of the week November 13th .

Good   morning  Ladies, I  come  to  you this   morning  with a  hole in  my   heart .  On Tuesday of  this  week   I got  a  call  from   my  sister  that   my dear  uncle  Peter   had   passed  away into  eternal life. He   was  diagnosed   with  dementia  earlier  in the  year   and  then  from  July   started  going  downhill  quickly . He  was  staying at  home  until  6  weeks  ago  and  then  had to   go into a   nursing  home.  It  was   tough  on the   family, his   wife  and   3   kids , as  towards   the  end  he  did  not  know  them.  At  the  weekend they gave  him Morphine  and   he  was  administered the  last  rites  as  is   custom in  our   Church to   prepare  us  for  the  afterlife  with God.  He  was  a  man of  deep  faith, an  inspiration to all who  knew   him .  He   would   do  anything   for  you  if  you were in  need . He  was  a  great handyman  and   could  do  anything in the  home   from  plumbing  to  electrical  carpentry. He  also loved   working on cars.  May he   rest in peace , in the  presence of God.   

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last  Sunday  was  a   relaxing   day .  After  working  pretty  hard on  Saturday  we  all took it  easy. Our   son had a  friend  stay over  after   celebrating  his   birthday  the  night  before  by  going   bowling.  They  were awake  late   but its ok once in  a  while !   We  watched some   football  also.   Monday  was  back to  routine .  Tuesday  towards the  end of the  work day I got the  sad   news of my Uncle passing.  I  had to   go to  a  dental  appointment   at  6pm  that evening  still. My  dental  hygenist  Claudia  was   very  compassionate  on  hearing  my sad  news.  We  had  a  good   chat  as   she  did  her   work(  well you can  guess she  did most of the  talking  and  it  was  lovely hearing  her  stories  about  loved ones  she lost)    On  Wednesday our   youngest  got  new  glasses  as   his  prescription  changed , for the  better   I am  happy to say.   He  has  cool   blue  and  yellow  frames!   The  kids  also had  church class  that  night. 

Thursday night I was able to relax and reflect on things. Sometimes the tears would flow out of nowhere when I would think about my Uncle. I am an emotional person at the best of times, shedding tears at a sad movie so you can imagine me when a loved one passes! Friday morning we got our first snow ! It started to form on the grass and roofs but as the day went on it dissappeared. Last night we went out to eat at a local restaurant. This morning I was able to watch the funeral on live stream as I was not able to attend. It was a beautiful Mass of sending to eternal life.

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Have a   beautiful  week  ahead,  Terri xo. 

Dress of the Week November 6th !

Good  morning  Ladies  and  happy  November to you ! The  year  is   going  by so  fast   and  now  that   halloween has  passed   the   next   big one  for  me  is  Christmas !  But  I am looking  forward  to Thanksgiving  coming as  we  are  hosting it this  year in our  new   home.  The  weather  has  been  beautiful  for   early  November   in Minnesota .  The  more   fall i  can  get   the   better ! 

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  Last  Saturday  we  went to an  Orchard to  meet  extended   family (18 0f us !)   for  annual photos.  Ever  since  they were  young,  my Mother-in-law  has   been  getting  pictures of  all the   Grandkids on this one   bench in the   orchard.  This  year   we  arrived  and  the   bench  is  gone  !!    They  did  some   rearranging  there  but   we   found  another   pretty  spot  to  take   the   pics  and  it  all  went  well.  The  apple  picking  was  finished for the   season but  you could  go  into their  shop  for  some  and  other   treats.  It  was  not  a  cold  day  but  as  soon as  I  got into the  shop  I  knew i needed a   hot  apple   cider !  It did  not   dissapoint  and   was   so  good.   After   the  orchard  we    went  to  a   kid   friendly   winery  about    10   minutes  away.   It  had  outdoor   seating  and  the  day  was  nice  to sit  out in.  They also  had a   mobile  brick oven Pizza    truck  on site  to tide us over   before  dinner.   The  kids   were   able to play  board  games  or   run in the    big  field   attached   and  we  were  able to keep an eye on them. There  were  soft   drinks  for the  kids ,  and  most  adults  sampled  their   wines   which  were   good  to sit  and   chat   with.   We   went  to a   nice   new   restaurant  a  few   miles  away  for   dinner   . They  had   pull  tabs   there  where u  need  to  match  3   symbols. My   Sister-in -law won $100 !  We  discussed     Thanksgiving  plans  and  then  parted to go our  seperate ways  after a  nice   day. 

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river at the orchard

  Sunday  was  a  nice   quiet  day . We  did   not  do  anything  too  strenuous!   Then it  was   back to  work  and   school  for  us  all   for  another  week.   On Friday   our  oldest son  turned 12!!   I still cannot  believe it !  We  went out to  a     new   restaurant  for  dinner.     On  Saturday  morning (Yesterday)we  took  delivery  of  a   new   couch !  We  splurged  a  bit .   Then   we  went  and  got  some  lumber  for our  basement  project !  We   are  making  a   bedroom  and  bathroom   down there  to ad d  more  space and  give our  daughter  her  bedroom.   We also  did  yardwork  cleaning  up leaves.   Then in the  evening       there  was    bowling  for our son  along  with friends  to  celebrate  his   birthday.   Quite  a  day !! 

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Have a   beautiful week  ahead,  Terri xo. 

Dress of the week October 30th !

Good  morning  Ladies !   We  are  winding   down  towards the  end  of  October  and  it  has   gone by  so  fast  !  It is  one my  favorite   months  of the   year   with  the   weather   cooling   and  the   leaves  changing   color.  It  is  also  that   nice   period   between  summer   and winter .   The  weather   is   kind  of  where  it    should  be  for  Minnesota at  this  time  of  year    with  temps  in  the   mid  30s   at  night  and    warming  to the   50s   during  the   day. 

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As  I  said  last   week we made  the  one  hour   drive   from  our  house  to   Pinehaven  farm  for  a  lovely  morning out . We  left   home    soon  after   8am  and  were  there   close   soon  after   the  opening  time. We  got  to  see  the    farm  animals   and it  was   nice  that  the   kids   got to  feed  the  goats   and   baby  calves. They  had  a     few  different   breeds  of  cows  and   sheep you  would  not  normally  see.   I  grew  up  helping out on  my  grandparents  farm  so had an  interest in all the   animals along  with the  kids!    The   kids   then   went   to   the   inflatable   bouncy   patch   and  had   fun there.    Then  it   was  on  to the  giant  slide   . Our   youngest   was  a  little   scared  at   first  but  soon  was   enjoying it!  There  was  also  a  zip line   and    also a   corn pit  to  play  in.   Our  oldest   son  seen paintball  and  had  to have a   go at  it!    Then  we  got on the  trolley   and  went out to  the  pumpkin  field   for the  kids  to  pick  theirs  out .  Our  14  year old  daughter did  not  want to  get one, is it a  sign she is  not our little  kid  anymore?  We were  then  ready to  leave   after  an   enjoyable   few  hours.  We  stopped  at a   nearby  restaurant  before   driving  back   home. 

We   had   time  to  relax  after     getting  home   for a  few   hours .  Then   as it  was   our  anniversary the   2  of  us   went  out  on a  little   date  to a  new   restaurant   about   10  miles  from  home. It  was a  lovely  time   and  a  great  end  to the  day!  On  Sunday  there  was  Church  in the  morning ,  the   afternoon   and   evening  was  relaxing . The   kids  were  back in  school   Monday  after  their mid  term  break . Church  class  resumed  on  Wednesday   after  a  break. 

Today  we  are  going  to an  apple  orchard  to  meet  the   extended  family,   The  great  Grandpa will join us  also  which is  so  nice  to  see  him  getting out  and  about. 

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Have a  beautiful  weekend , our  kids  are  excited to go  trick or  treating  tomorrow  night !     Take  care , Terri xo. 

Dress of the week October 23rd !

Good  morning  Ladies !  I  hope  you  are   doing  well  today, You join  me  on  a   special  day  as it is  our   17th  wedding  anniversary !  The  time  has   gone  by  so   fast    and  4   kids  later there  has   been  a  lot of   change ,  not  least   our   4   kids! We  have  also  moved  state, we   were  living on Long  Island  NY  after   getting   married   then  18 months  later  moved  to my Beau’s  home  state Minnesota . It was another   new   experience for me  to move to  midwest   but  I  was  received  with open arms  by  the locals. The  wedding  day  started  off  raining {  a familiar  sight  for  all  my Irish Family and  friends  attending !)  Then in the   evening the   sun   came  out   beautifully   as    we   were  at  the  reception. We  are   blessed  ! 

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Last  week  I    let  you  know  that  we   had   covid in the   house . By  Saturday   she  was  not  contagious anymore  so we   were getting  back to  normal.  Then our oldest  son  started   showing  symptoms and   went in  Saturday to  get  tested.  Sure  enough on Monday he  came  back  positive !!   So  we  got  on with it ,  he  isolated  from  us  as  much a s  an 11yr  old  can  and  stayed off  school all  week. He   was  able to  keep up  online.  Last Saturday  we were   busy at  home    keeping  up  with all  the  usual   chores . We also  started shutting  down our  swimming  pool  for  the   winter.  Se  you in the  summer!  Sunday  after   church we  went  for  coffee  and  donuts. It  was a   relaxing  rest of the  day as  Sunday  is a  day of  rest  for us. 

 

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The  midweek  went  by  so  fast , the  kids   had   Thursday  and  Friday off with  a  midterm  break. There  were   haircuts  , dog walks  appointments to take  care  of.    Today  with  everyone  healthy   we  are   going to a   pumpkin  patch in Wyoming . Wyoming  Minnesota  that is !!  It is Pinehaven Farm There  are  lots of  activities  and  it  is  going  to  be a  lovely  day out  with  sweaters   required! 

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We are  going out  to  dinner  tonight  just  the  two of  us  ! Have a   lovely week,  Terri xo. 

Dress of the week October 16th!

Good  morning  Ladies  !    You  join  me   from  a   more  fall like Minnesota   where  the  temperatures  are  more  seasonal  than the  late  summer   ones  we  had  been  experiencing. I  woke  up  this  morning to    temps in the   high  30s  f  ,  getting   close to the  freezing  level !   The  trees  in our  back  yard  are   gradually  turning  color , our  first time to  see  them  at  this  house.

Last  Saturday   one of out  family  tested  positive  for   covid .  It was a  little  bit of  a  shock   but   the  rest of  us   got  tested  and  the  results  came  back  negative on  Monday  evening  Thank God! She  took the  appropriate   steps  in isolating   and   distancing   during  the   week     and is  now  not  contagious .    We  did  not  go to Church  Sunday  , awaiting  results of tests.    The  boys  stayed  home  from  school  all  week    following  protocol. They  also  stayed  away  from   Church  class.  For  some  relief  I  went  with our oldest  son  to  the  high  school  football  game  Thursday  night!  It was  against  a  local  school  and  there  was  a  good  atmosphere.  There   was a  theme  for   the night  in support of   cancer awareness with people encouraged to  wear  pink.   Lots of  the   boys  also  wore  pink, some even   wearing  tutus !!   So  our  school  won the  game with a  last  minute  touchdown, there  was  great  excitement.   Our   newly   decorated   fall    section  below !

Last  night  over  a  few   drinks  we   both  started  to    figure  the  layout    to  finish our  Basement. It is  exciting   planning  it  and  we  are   still   deciding    what to do  and   all the  possibilities  we  can  come up  with.  We  are  going to  the  home improvement  store  Menards  later  to  help with the  process.

I  want to  wish  my  Sister  Helen a  happy  50th   Birthday ! She  turned it on Thursday  and   celebrated  last  night with our  parents  and  siblings ,  and  later  today  there  are  4  couples  going to a  hotel   to  continue  the festivities! It is  times  like this  that  I  miss  home !  But I wish her  all the   best ! .

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Have a   healthy   and  beautiful  week  ahead,  Terri xo.

Dress of the week October 9th!

Good morning ladies from a slightly cooler Minnesota this morning . It is cooler than the last few days but still higher than usual for normal temps. It reached 80f earlier this week. It will be in the 60s for the coming week which will feel more fall like. It will be good to get out to some orchards or pumpkin patches in the coming weeks.

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Last  week  I  wrote   my  post   from the  hotel . After it  was   finished  we   went  for  a  relaxing  coffee  at   Caribou, a  popular  Minnesota   chain.  It  was   nice  just  to  relax  the   two of  us!   Then  we   came  back  and   checked out  of  our  hotel  and  started on  the   road  homewards.   We  did  not  get  a  mile  away  when  we   stopped! We  found  Christmas point wild rice company    It is  lovely  store  that  has a   bit of   everything  from  food as  the   title   suggests  to  , frames  to candles. It  was  nice   wandering  through  the  store.

 

 

We   made our  way to  St. Cloud  Mn  and   had   lunch .  We   also looked  in  Joann Fabrics  and   Michael’s  for  fall  craft  inspiration !  Then  we   decided  to   go to  a  winery   a  few  miles  away  . We  used to  do it  a lot  before  the   kids  were  born ! We  did  a wine  tasting of  various  wines  and   then settled on a   glass   each.  We  purchased  2  bottles  to  take  home. Mine  was a   german style  wine Gemütlichkeit
Try saying that! It means Good Times in German. It is made with Prairie Star grapes, but instead of fermenting it all the way to dryness as with Freizeit, I left it semi-sweet. It is a wonderful easy drinking fruity wine, with no barrel aging. Hints of apple, mango, pineapple, and melon come through. Serve chilled ! 

 

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Two  hours  after   leaving  the  winery  we  arrived  home to  relieve  the  in-laws !  Well it  was  not  too  hard  as  the  kids  are all that  bit older.    Soon  after  arriving  home  I   went  along  with  one of our  sons  to a   benefit  for a  little  girl  who  needs  a  heart  transplant. May God  grant  her  the  gift of  a  new  heart ,  Amen !  

Sunday  was   a  relaxing  day  after  our  trip  away,  our  youngest   had   swim  lessons  the   highlight. We  watched  the  football game   also !    Monday to  Friday  was  a  pretty  typical   week of  school  and   work.   On  Friday night  our  daughter  went  with  her  friend s to the  football  homecoming    game at  the   high  school  and  they  won !   Today   should  be   pretty  relaxing  also. 

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Shoutout :-  to   Mackenzie  and  her   husband DJ on  getting   their  new   puppy  Moose ! 

Have a   great  week,  Terri xo. 

Dress of the week October 2nd!

Good morning Ladies as I write this post from Northern Minnesota ! We are here for the wedding of a former coworker. The wedding was yesterday and it was nice to get away for some Husband and wife time as well as celebrating a brand new Marriage!

Last weekend we got our new washer and dryer and they are working really well !(sorry getting excited over appliances!!) We. did need them , to wash and dry for 6 ! Last weekend we had our Parish picnic after church and that was a lovely event! We got to talk to people that we haven’t in a long time so that was nice. In the afternoon I went along with our oldest Son on a nice bike ride. It was definitely summer temperatures!

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The week started off with warm temperatures again, and the kids were we’re wearing summer clothes to school! On Wednesday they had their first night of church class for the year, they all did well! Then it was nice when Thursday rolled around and we were at the start of a three-day weekend!( the kids had school though) my in-laws arrived early on Friday morning and at 11 a.m. we left to go to the wedding. At about 2 p.m. we checked into our hotel got changed and went over to the wedding venue on a beautiful Lake. The day was overcast but that didn’t dampen the spirits for the lovely couple. We sat at a table with other friends and had the best time chatting laughing and then of course dancing! A little before 11 p.m. we were ready to leave after a beautiful day.

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Have a lovely weekend. we will enjoy the autumn colors as we drive home,Terri xo.

Dress of the week September 26th !

Good  morning  Ladies !  I am  coming  a   day  late  as  I  didnt  get  to  write   yesterday   morning. The  weather   has  turned   cooler  as  you  would   expect  for  this time of  year . Some   mornings  are  down to  the  low   40s    but  the   days   warm up  afterwards.   We  had 2   rain  days   which is  nice for  our  newly seeded   grass.  Early fall

Last   Saturday   was   spent  doing   chores  around  the   house  that   were in   need of   getting  done. We  got a  bunch of  old  pallets  cut up  for  firewood  to  use  in our   backyard  pit.  We also  offered  some to our  neighbors   2   doors  down  who  we  met  for  the  first  time,  Eric  and  Wendy  with their  2   boys. They took  some   and  had   a   fire  that  night!  Then  there  was  general  house   cleaning. on  Sunday  after  Church  they  had   coffee  and   donuts  which are  always  a  nice   treat! In the  afternoon   we   had   friends  come over  and  their  kids   went  swimming  in our  pool  along  with ours  for the  last  swim of  the   season ! Another  sign of the   changeover to fall ! 

It  was    back to   school  On Monday  for  the   kids ,  and work for the  adults  !    On  Wednesday  evening  I  attended a   church  class meeting  for  parents.   This  year  they  want  the  parents  to  get  involved in   the  kids  classes   and   helping  them  deepen  their  faith  along  with us parents,  so we  can continue  to  an  extent   where   they   leave  off  from. It  will be  an  exciting  development! Let the children come to me

Early  Yesterday  morning  I  set  an  alarm to  see  my  beautiful  Niece  Grace   make  her  first holy  communion   via  live  streaming  video.  It  was a   lovely  ceremony ,  It got   delayed   from  May  due  to  covid    but  they  had  a   nice   day  for it  and  had a   family  celebration  later  back  at   their  house .  I  was  able  to  chat  with   Grace  and  her  parents  afterwards, the   power of online video  chatting !  Then  at  11am  our  new  washer  and  dryer   arrived  !!  The ones  that  were   here   were  not  able to  perform  well  enough  for a   family  of   6   so  we  did  have to invest in  new .   So far   so  good !  In the  evening  we   went to  a  local  park  by   a lake  where  they  had  done improvements  to   the  facilities.  It was  a grand opening  day event  with  games   music  and  ice  cream ! 

Lake Byllesby Regional Park
  We   came   home  and  had a   little   bonfire .   Today  after   church   they  are  having  the yearly picnic, I will be  helping  with  clean up . 

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Have a beautiful week, Terri xo.

Dress of the week September 18th!

Good morning Ladies ! We are over halfway through September and we are still experiencing warmer than usual temperatures for this month. As long as it stretches fall into our long winter I will be ok with it. I am looking forward to getting out to some orchard for our annual picking , and just being out in nature in comfortable temperatures will be a great time for all.

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Last  Saturday morning I watched an  event  I  always  did  growing  up ,  the  All  Ireland    football  ,  It  is their   version of  the  superbowl. I  was  hoping  Mayo  would   win it  as  they  had  been in  the   final  for 6   times  in the  past   decade   but  had  not  won  any.  As  it   turns out  they  came  up short   again , I  feel  so  bad   for  them,  but   congrats  to  Tyrone.  A  friend   came over  and  watched   with  me  so that was   fun.

   In  the  afternoon   we  went to  see our  daughters   volleyball  tournament,  they  tried  hard   but  did  not  get   the   wins  they  wanted  to  advance.  Its  all  about  trying   again  , they  will get  there! My  in-laws  also  came  for  the   volleyball  and   before  they  left in the   evening   we   went for  pizza.    On  Sunday  we   went  to  Church ,  and   after   had a   pretty  relaxing   day.   The  Monday  to  Friday   was  a  pretty  typical  week of school,  work   and  just  all the  things   we  do  every  week !  There  were   storms  Thursday  night and  some  places   had   power  outages. Funny  thing is our  middle  school  had  a  power  outage on Friday  morning after  the  storms and  our  son  had  to  come  home  early,  there  were  no  tears   though,  none ! 

Today  we  are   going  to  do   some  organizing in our   storage  room   and  pack  away  some  items   still in   boxes   after  our  move.  It is  a process !   I  also  have  to  take  my  phone in   as  yesterday  a  crack   appeared  across  the   screen  for  no  apparent   reason. 

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Have a   beautiful  weekend,   Terri xo. 

Dress of the week September 11th.

Good morning Ladies . Today is a poignant day here in the states, the anniversary of 9/11 . It was a day where thousands of innocent souls went to work or flew on a plane but did not come home. I was living in New York at that time and was working 2 miles north of the twin towers that day. Before it happened I heard the hum of a low flying plane and thought it was really loud or low flying and then moved on. A few minutes later someone got a call that a plane had crashed into one of the towers. The rest sadly will go down in history. All we can do is pray for those who died and their families .

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Last Saturday we tackled some organizing of the garage. We still had boxes there since we moved in late June and I am glad to say we made enough room so we can get our other car into it! In the evening our friends Brandon Josette and Maddi came over for dinner . The kids love having Maddi over and she likes coming also being an only child. We had a fire in the backyard until the bugs started to get bad. Then the adults watched a movie on netflix, Adrift based on a true story . Do you like truelife movies? On Sunday morning we went to Church and then in the afternoon the kids had friends come over for swimming. One of them stayed for a sleepover. The swimming days are coming to an end very soon!

On  Labor  day  we   did  a   bit  more  organizing    and  I also  got  to  watch the  solheim  cup, the  Ladies   golf  tournament   between  Europe  and  the  USA . I  was   delighted  to see  an  Irish young  lady  Leona  Maguire  star  in the  tournament !   Tuesday  was   back to  school  for  the  kids   after  the  long   weekend. the  week   went  pretty  fast with our  daughter   playing  volleyball  a  few   evenings   after   school.   Today  she   has  a  tournament  to play in  as  well, whew so  much playing,  better   her  than  me!!  

My  in-laws  are   coming  later   and   staying over  so the  kids  will be    delighted  with  that!   They will also  watch  some of the  tournament.  There is  also  another  sports  event  I  have   an  interest in, The  All Ireland mens  football  final   where  Mayo  will play  Tyrone in the  final. It  starts  at  11 am  my  time  today.  I grew up   with the  game , and  it  is  the superbowl   comparisson  for  Irish people!

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The ladies playing gaelic football!

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   Have a   lovely  weekend    and  week  ahead  ,  Terri xo. 

Dress of the week September 4th !!

 Good  morning  Ladies  and  welcome  to  September !!  August  just  went  by  so  fast  I  felt .  Last  Saturday  with  the  help of all  6 of  us   we  did  some  house  cleaning. It is  amazing  how  many  hands  make  light  work   At  2pm  after a  little  packing  we left  to  stay  at a   hotel  2 hours 30  minutes  away.  As I said  last  week   we  were  travelling for our  nephews baptism. 

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As  we  were   driving  on  interstate  94  we  went  through  many  downpours  and  nearly  had  to  pull  over  as   visibility  was  very  low  and  the  wipers   were   on highest  speed!   But  the showers   dissapated    we  were  able  to  arrive  at  the  hotel in   sunshine .  We  arrived  at  5.30 pm  and  the  kids  of  course  went  to  the  pool  right  away! It was a  nice  pool  and  it  was  not  too  busy.   They   swam  for  over  an  hour  and   then  went  across  the   parking  lot to AJ’s   for   dinner. It  was   a  nice  place  and  the  food  was  good.   After   dinner  the  boys  went  back to the  pool     before bed  for  an  hour.   The   hotel  was   pet  friendly and it  was  the  first  time   we  brought  our  dog  Tucker to a  hotel !  He  did  really  well  but  felt  he  had  to  protect  us by  barking  a  little  when  seeing  strangers!   It  was  cute  really. 

We  were  up  early  on Sunday  morning  as the  baptism  was  at  8:30 am  and  was  also  a  25  minute  drive  from  the  hotel! WE  got  breakfast  ,  packed   got  dressed  up   and  were  ready to  leave  just  before  8am.  On our  way  we  went to  this  scenic  overlook   at  the  nearby lake

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Lake overlook !

The  baptism  took place  during  the  church’s  morning  service  and  it  was a  beautiful   event. He  did  very  well and  there  were  no  tears  as  the water  of  Baptism  was  poured over  his  head!  They  used  a  family   gown  as  his  outfit.  Afterwards   we  went  back to  their  house  and  had   lunch  and conversation. We  did  not  stay too long  after  as  we  wanted  to  get  back a  little  early for  the next day’s event : SCHOOL! 

Our  daughter  started  High  school (yikes!!)  and  is  settling  in  well.   After  school   there  has  been a  lot of  volleyball games  both home  and  travel.  Our  oldest son  started  middle  school and  is  meeting  new  friends  as  well as  the  kids  he  was  with  at  elementary  school.   Our  two youngest  started  in  a  new   elementary  school   and  were  made  welcome  by  everyone ! We  have  a  week  done  now and I am  happy it has  all gone so well.  7535fbf63faf1c841fe29324633de0256bdf1600a9ad282e9f2d59377472ece9.0

  This  weekend  being  labor  day  ,  the  kids  will be off Monday.  We are  staying  home  with  friends coming over today  and  on  Monday.  I am   happy to  have  a   pretty  relaxing  weekend !   The  weather  is  cloudy  today  with  sunshine  promised  tomorrow. 

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  Have a   beautiful  weekend, Terri  xo. 

Dress of the week August 28th !

Good  morning  Ladies! It  is  a dry  start  to Saturday   after  a  week  of  heavy   rain   in   4  days  since  last  weekend. We  are  promised  more  this  weekend .I  will take  it  as  it  has  been  a dry  summer  up until  now.  It is  also  welcome  for the  farmers  in  our  area   as   they  grow  their  crops.  

Last Saturday we got a bunch of yardwork done. Our friend Brandon borrowed a friends tractor to disperse the pile of dirt created from putting our pool in. He came over early and we made breakfast before starting. He is really good on the tractor and after an hour had most of the pile knocked down and spread through the yard in the low spots . We had to take out the clumps and big stones by hand. After it was spread we put down grass seed and it is starting to grow now .

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The tractor !!

On Sunday we went to Church and after lunch spent a relaxing day at home. I went into the pool for the first time since it was put in, before this I had watched the kids only but I braved the cold water and had a nice time in it !!! The week was pretty typical , but the last week off for the kids, they go back to school on Monday. There were some last minute events, school photos , and a refresher for our new middle schooler getting used to his new surroundings , I went with him yesterday to an empty school , it was nice to walk around and see where his rooms are. Our daughter had a volleyball game Friday and they unfortunately lost, cant win them all!!

   A  few weeks  ago  we  were  both  asked  to  be  Godparents  to our  nephew  Stanley  and we  accepted  of  course !  So  tomorrow  at  8:30 am  he  is  being  baptized ,  being made  a  child of  God’s  Kingdom.  We   have  to  travel  3  hours  so   we  are  leaving  later  today   and  staying  in a hotel overnight .   It  has a  pool  so it has  the  kids  excited.  Afterwards  we  will go  back to  his  parents  house  for  lunch.  It  will be  a great  day  for  the   family. 

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  Have a  beautiful  weekend , Terri xo. 

Dress of the week August 21st!

Good  morning  Ladies ! I  hope  you  are  all  doing  well  as  we  move  quickly  towards    the  end  part  of  August.  The   summer  has  gone  so  fast   and  the   kids  start   school  a  week  from  Monday!  The  weather  has    been  pretty   humid   early in the  week  but   has  cooled  of  nicely  heading into the  weekend. summer flower

Last  Saturday   we   did  some  landscaping  work in  our  backyard .  It  was  unplanned   but  due to  having a  pile of  dirt  from the dig  out  for  our  new  pool  we  wanted to  fill in  some  areas that  were  low in our  yard. We  worked  together to fill  wheelbarrows,  the  kids  helped  also.  After  all  we   did  we   still  have a  lot  so our  friend  Brandon is  going to  come over  today with a  front load   tractor  and  spread the  rest of  the  dirt  for us, thank you Brandon!!  On  Sunday  we  went to Church   and  enjoyed  coffee  and   donuts  afterwards.   The  kids  had   friends  come   visit and  their  Mom  and  I had a  nice  chat  for a  while as  they   swam .  One of  them  had a  sleepover. 

The week   did   go in  fast   with  kid  activities  and  some   more  playdates .  The  new   pool is  proving popular with  them !  Thursday  was a  big  day.  Our oldest son  had  orientation for  middle  school , still hard to  believe  for me !  He  said  it   went  well  and  got the  bus  there  and  back.  Then  the  younger  kids got  to  meet  their new   teachers in  elementary  school. They  are  in a  new  school  since  our  move but i  think  they  will  adapt  well.   The  teachers  were  nice  and  welcoming  to  them!  On  Friday  our  daughter  got picked for  the  9th  grade volleyball team  and  was  excited  by  that.  She is a  high  schooler  now , where  has  the  time  gone ??

On  Friday   night  our  friends  Brian , Crystal  and  their  kids  came over  for  game   night. It  was a fun  time  we  played  name  5   where   as it  suggests  you have  to  name  5 of  something, one  question  was  name  5 bands that  begin  with   B .  Can you  answer it ?  It  was  fun  and  stressful all at  the  same  time  as  you  are  on  teams of  2  or   more.  We also played   giant spoons  a  fast  moving  game  played  with a  deck of  cards  when one  person  gets  4 of a  kind   they inconspicuously  grab a spoon  from the  table  and  wait to see  how long it  takes for others to  notice . then everyone grabs but  there is one less  spoon  than  competitors  and if you  don’t  get  a  spoon  you  get an S.  When you  are  last  grabbing  5  times  you are out!  It  is  so  fun!  

I wanted to get my post published early as Brandon is coming over at 8am for breakfast . Got to feed the workers!

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Have a lovely weekend and week ahead, Terri xo.

Dress of the week August 14th !

Good Morning Ladies! It is a beautiful sunny Saturday morning here in Minnesota with a temperature of 54 degrees! After such a hot spell this is a welcome break. I do like the cooler weather! We had a little rain during the week which was needed.

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Last Saturday our daughter had softball nearly the whole day, Their last game ended at 10 pm. They won some and lost some in the tournament which led to the late game. I did get a little alone time also on Saturday for part of the day which is cherished from time to time ! On Sunday there was an 8am game , we left house at 6am as it was an hour away and they were meeting at 7.15 as a team prep. They did well but lost that game and it ended their tournament, they finished 5th out of 20 teams, well done to all the girls!

After the softball we drove 2 hrs for our nephews baby shower , it was a shower for all not just the ladies this time ! And due to covid it was held 2 months after he was born so he was the guest of honor! It was held at his house and was a fun few hours . On Monday the young boys had swimming lessons, they are really progressing well at them!

On Tuesday we went to our local county fair! It runs from Monday to Sunday and is a lot of fun! We got some good fair food and the kids had a lovely time on all the rides . We met a lot of friends also . On Wednesday ground was broke on our new above ground swimming pool ! A company came in and moved the dirt to level it and installed the frame. It can be left up all year round. By 7pm they were finished installing it and all we had to do was fill it. So over the next 2 days we got it to the level needed. It is still a little cold to go in for most people but not for our boys they braved the cold Yesterday , brrrr !!

Our old  neighbors  Neena  and  Chris  and  their  2  girls  came over on Wednesday evening for Pizza  also  and  have a   fun  time  with our  kids . It  was a  busy  day  here!    On Thursday  we  got  a  new  dishwasher  put in  as  the  original  one  to the  house  was  on its  last  legs .  The   new  one  is  soo  much  better!   On   Friday evening  we   went  back to the   fair !  We   just    had  some  food  and  walked  around ,  no  rides  this  time!   It  was  really   busy   being  the   weekend.  Early  Saturday  we    did   some  yardwork    as  we  have a  pile of  dirt to  deal  with  after  the  pool install. We  will use it to  fill in low   spots . 

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Wishing you all  a  lovely  rest  of  your  weekend  and  week  ahead, Terri xo. 

Dress of the week August 7th!

Good Morning Ladies! As I write this post early Saturday morning it is thundering and Lightening outside. Also heavy rain as you can imagine, but it is so needed here as we have had a very dry summer. Most lawns are a little burned but we have been trying to green ours up a little when we can water them. This past week has been in the mid to high 80s so maybe the storm will calm things down a bit!

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Last   weekend on Saturday  we  hosted  a lovely   family  gathering . The head of  the family  tree  here   turned  93 !  He  is  in  an assisted   living  facility  2  hours  from   us  and  was   delighted  to  get  out . There   were 17   of us  in  total, one had  to  work , but it  was  nice to  see  our youngest   member  Baby Stanley make the  trip with his  parents! We  had a  nice   meal   and   some  yummy   cupcakes   afterwards.  It  was   so  much  easier  to host  in our  new   house with a  bit  more   space.

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On Sunday  there  was   Church   and   a  relaxing  day   afterwards. Our   younger   boys   had   swim  lessons  in the   mornings   during   the   week.   They love  water   and it is  a  win  win  as  we   do  not  have a  pool   at the  moment   since  moving. We  are   working  on  getting a   new  one. The  kids   had  a   few   friend   playdates  also.  Yesterday our  daughter  was   playing in  nationals  for   softball in a  weekend  long   tournament.  They  played  2  games  yesterday  and  at  5pm  all the  teams  had  a  parade ! Our   girls  dressed  in  a hawaiian theme!  There  are  more  games  Today  and depending on  results   into  Sunday.

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For  this  weeks  dress of  the  week my   blog   friend  Courtney   has   kindly agreed  to   model    for  us ! She  is a  wife  to Jake  and  Mom  to  baby Scarlett . She  recently   did a  post  on ” ten  tips to  photogragh  a   baby” It   will be  a  great  insight  for  parents  of  young  kids. You  can see  her  post  here   Courtney  was in  some of the  photos  and I loved  the  dress  she  was   wearing! 

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Thank you  Courtney,  have a  lovely  weekend everyone ,  Terri xo. 

Dress of the week July 24th !

Good   morning  Ladies   !  The   summer  is   speeding  along   here  in  Minnesota  ,  we are  only   one  week   from  August   right  now ! They  have  started   putting  out  the  back to  school  items  in the  stores and  is  a  sign  that things are   moving  fast  towards summers  end. We  will  enjoy  the  time  we  do  have  however.  Yesterday  , and  a  few  days  during  the  week  were  really  humid  adding  to the  heat  of  the  sun  meant it  was   so  much nicer  indoors   during   them  times. 

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Loft area

Last  Saturday  we  completed  the  mentioned  projects  of  installing  a  ceiling  fan   and   putting up   shelving  in  the  laundry room!  We  are  putting  our  own  mark on the  house   , bit  by   bit!   There   was   softball  for  our  daughter  also  on  Saturday ,   they  tried   hard   but   were   dissapointed   with the  results.    Better   luck   next time  girls!  We  had a   nice evening afterwards.  Sunday  was  a  relaxing  day  for  us . We  did online Church in the  evening, I do like  to  go in  person  though . 1500x1000 (1)

Monday there was swim lessons and our youngest passed his first class after a few weeks going to lessons. He is starting the advanced class now as well. The kids also had dental appointments during the week and all is going well for them! Last night our friends and old neighbors came over for dinner and we had a fun night of chat and board games .

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Have a   beautiful  weekend  everyone, best  wishes,  Terri xo. 

 

Dress of the week July 17th!

Good morning Ladies ! So after writing a post just 4 days after moving into our new house , I missed my weekly post last weekend ! Between unpacking and arranging things I just did not have the motivation to post so please forgive me ! I will include it here.

On Saturday the  3rd   there  was  a lot of  unboxing and  putting  items in  their  new  homes , be it closets , drawers  or  cabinets! On the  4th the  rest of  the  family  went on a  2  hr   drive to my  in-laws   camper  that  they  recently purchased  by  a  lake .   They  have  access  for  their   boat ,  so  they all went out  for a  bit.  I stayed  back  myself   and  actually  relaxed  mostly   and  visited a  friend  for a  few hours  as  they(Louann  and  John )  were  having  a  get  together  for the  4th. I  just  was  not  prepared  for a  4hr   round  trip , 30 minutes was   much better. They  were  home   before  dark  and  we  watched a  bunch of  the  amateur  fireworks  that  adorned  the  sky  for a   few   hours!1500x1000

 

 

The  Monday  top  Friday  was  the   standard   week with lots of   work   and  kids  activities .  We also  hired  professional  painters (  a brother of our old  neighbor Neena)  They  repainted    a  lighter  color the  hallways,   Master bedroom   living  room  and  kitchen . There  were  also a   number of  closets  too. 

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On  Friday the  9th our  8yr old  played in  his  first  baseball  tournament    since  starting. It is  cute  watching  them at  that  age !  They also played on  Saturday  and  Sunday  and  came  close to winning it all!   They  lost  a  nailbiter  15 to 14.   On  Saturday  evening  the  next  town over  were  having  their  festival  and after  the  parade  we  walked  around  , sampled  food  and  listened  to  music. It  was  perfect  weather ! On Sunday  after  baseball we   pretty much relaxed  and  went to evening  Church.  Our  daughter  had  her  friend  Maddi  come  over  for a  sleepover , she  likes it so much here  she  stayed  2  nights ! After  softball  Monday evening  she had a  second  friend Madison  who  everyone  calls Maddie  stay over also!  

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The  week went  by  quickly  until Thursday  when our  friends  Leah,  Tim and  their  boys  visited  on their  way  to Wisconsin  on  vacation.  It was  lovely  seeing  them, one of  the  first  visitors to our  home.  Last  night Friday our daughter  had  to travel for a  softball  game , I stayed home  with the  boys. We  have a  few   projects  planned  today, a  ceiling  fan in  one of the  boys  bedrooms( wish us  look!)   Also some  shelving  to put up in laundry room . 

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Have a  fabulous  weekend  everyone, love  and  hugs, Terri xo. 

Dress of the week July 3rd !

Good morning Ladies and welcome to my blog from our new home !!! This week has been quite the rollercoaster so we will get into it . On Sunday evening our good friends Brandon Josette and daughter Maddi came over for a last meal together in our old house. He also dropped off this really long trailer for us to pack the last of our household items into . It belongs to a friend of his and we are grateful for the loan of it.

After  packing  boxes  with all sorts of items , from different  parts  of the  house , we had   everything  cleared out at  11:28  am  on  Tuesday morning.  We  were leaving our  home  of  15  years   for the  last time  and  it was  emotional ( I am tearing up now  writing this!)  The  memories  will last   forever in photos  and  video. 

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At  1pm  we  signed  for  the   new  house  and  by  1:45  we   got  the  keys , it  was  ours!  The  house   was in  really good   shape, ( we  had  done a  walkthrough the  evening  before and they had  lots of  unpacking to do at  that stage!) It  took a  while  for it to  sink in  that this  was  ours! It  is  so  much more  spacious   for a   family of  6  and  we love it  now.   We  unloaded  the  trailer into the  garage  on that  first  evening, we  also  have  the  rest  of our  stuff in  storage.  We  stayed  at a  hotel  the  first  and  second night  , as  Wednesday  we  had  the   carpets   cleaned and  also  the   central  air  ducts  cleaned  as   one of  our  boys  has  allergies  and  we  wanted  a  fresh  start. On Thursday  my  in-laws  came  to  help   with  unpacking ,  and  all the assembly  that  was   needed . They  stayed  overnight  with us and  left  at  noon  Friday, they  were  a   huge  help!!! 

Also on Friday  our  daughter  celebrated  her  14th  Birthday , so we  wanted  to  make it  special  for  her  also! We had  a  meal at  home  and  sang  happy  birthday  with  her  favorite  cake .  I can’t  believe  14  already!!!  

Today we are  going to  be  doing  some  more  assembly  and unpacking!

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Kitchen sneak peek!

I will have more to  come later! 

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  Have a lovely  4th of July  if  you are  celebrating  where you are , take  care , Terri xo. 

 

 

Dress of the week June 27th

Good morning Ladies ! I am finding time from my busy schedule to say hello this morning. As you know we are moving and in a little over 48hours we will leave the house that we moved into as an 18month married couple back in 2006 and subsequently had 4 little ones in. It is for sure a bittersweet feeling realizing we will be departing here but an exciting new adventure awaits in a new house with lots of future memories to make.

Last weekend there was a bunch of packing done so it is easier on us when we leave Tuesday. Our daughter also had a softball tournament so things were busy Saturday. On Sunday after church we drove 90 mins to meet family for fathers day at a local restaurant there. There were 4 generations present which is so special to have the Great Grandfather out and about! The week went quick up until Friday , It was someone birthday in our house, I wont say who !!! But “that” person received some nice presents! We went to a local British style restaurant ( i picked the place) and the food was so good.

Yesterday there was packing ( sorry i am a broken record!) and paint touch up to leave the house nice for the new owners. Some packages arrived for them yesterday and today which was a surprise! We went to Church earlier and later our good friends are coming over for a last meal here !

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Have a lovely week, we will be in our new home for the next post!! Take care, Terri xo.

Dress of the week June 19th

Good  morning  Ladies   how  are  you  today?  It   has   been  for the  most  part  a   very pleasant  week , with the  temperatures  in the   80s which is  more  in line  with  my    heat  level! We  did   have  one   evening  of   heavy rain  and  hail  but it   was  over  in a  few  minutes. 

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Last Saturday we did some yardwork as it was getting a little unruly with grass and weeds. We want to leave the place in good hands for the new people who will move in here on June 29th ! We also have a little paint touch up to do inside to make it look welcoming inside too. We got a lot done . Sunday we went to Church and then it was home for a relaxing day with the kids mostly going in the pool. one of our sons had a playdate with a school friend. Monday morning an appraiser came to check on the value of our house and he/she came back and valued it at the same agreed price of the sale!

There  was  a lot of   sports  for the  kids  during the  week, volleyball. softball   baseball   , archery  and   swim  lessons  ,  It is  a juggle   but  we  get it  done !   On  Friday  night our  friend   Crystal brought her  2 kids over  for a bonfire  and   night  swim !  Our  kids  love  the pool at  night too. We  just  keep  a  close eye on them. Her and  her  husband  had  taken the  kids on a  little  bike  trail vacation  form  Wednesday to Friday , and  were  starting to get  tired. 

Tomorrow  for  fathers  day we  are having an extended   family get  together    at  a parade  close to my in-laws   house  so that  should be  fun  weather  permitting. 

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Have a  beautiful  week  ahead  all,  Terri xo. 

 

Dress of the week June 12th !

Good  morning  Ladies !!   I come  to you  on a  cool  day!   After  a  bunch of  days  in the  high 90s and  low  100s   we  are  in the   80s  today, where’s  my  coat??? It  is  way too early  to get  these  temps  in  Minnesota    and  I hope  there  is a   cooler  period. 

Last  Saturday   morning  I  met  my  friend  Claire  for  coffee .   I  first  met  her  at  our  church after  moving  here  and  she is  also Irish! We   had  a  nice  chat  and  caught  up  on life. i  see  her  at  church but  its  nice  to  sit  down  and  relax .   After  that  I  did  some  shopping  , came  home   and  did  a  few   chores.   I also  went  to  see my   daughters  team play softball. They  did  not  have a  good   day in the  searing  heat. 

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On  Sunday   we  went to   Church, the  feast of  Corpus  Christi .   The  rest  of  the  day  was  pretty  relaxing .   our  youngest  had  swimming  lesson  for  3  days during  the  week.  He is  already part  fish in  our   backyard  pool  but  he  is  getting  fine  tuned  with  teachers. There  was  also  softball  and  baseball  activities.  Yesterday  our  youngest  celebrated  his  6th  birthday!!  He  requested  to go to  Applebee’s  for   dinner  and  also  he  got  a   minions  cake! Not to forget  all the  generosity  from  family  here  and  overseas! 

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Have a  lovely  weekend, Terri xo. 

Dress of the week June 5th!

Good morning Ladies , how are you today? After having morning frost here just 3 and a half weeks ago , yesterday we reached 100f (37c) in a week that gradually crept up to that temp. It seems a little early for those temps but is going to stay in the 90s for a few days. I am glad we have our pool set up !

Not our  pool   but  what a   view!
Not our pool but what a view!

So  last  week  we   were out of  town  for  the  long  weekend at my in-laws and also  as  our  house  was  just  put on the  market to  sell ! There  were   viewings  on  Friday  with some interest { I had said  there were offers  made on Friday  but  in fact we were  told that someone was going to make an offer but  had not that  day)    On  Saturday  there  were  morning  appointments   and  then  at 1-3 there was  an open house. Our  realtor  who has been in the  business  0ver  30 years  said he never  seen  such an amount of people  for an open house , and  on a  holiday  weekend! We  were  expecting offers  to come in  Saturday  evening  but  they  did not.   We   came home  Sunday around  midday  and  had to leave soon after  for  a  showing.  There  was  also  a late  afternoon  showing . Our  realtor  came over in the  evening  and  said  we  had  received  an offer!!!!  The  people  who  viewed it early  made a  nice offer  and  we  accepted , it  was  such a  relief I can tell you!!  We  have  heard  they are  a  young  couple  who are renting right now  and  have to be out of  their  place at  the  end of the  month .  Reminds me of  us when  we  moved  in,   with the same  circumstances as them.  We  are  doing our  house  closing on  June 29th in the  morning and   closing our  new  home in the  afternoon.  Thank God it all worked out ! 

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So our  weekend  away  was  so  nice ! We   relaxed at  my in-laws  house  early (they were at  their camper  30 mins away)  Then we  drove to my brother-in-laws and  his  wife’s  house  to  meet  our baby  nephew Stanley!  He  is  just  adorable  and  brought  back  memories of our  kids  at  that  age. he is  a  month old  but  is  such a   strong   baby  for his age. 

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 After  leaving Stanley and  his  parents we went to the  camper  for  dinner   and  were  treated  to  Sauerkraut  and  dumplings !  Our  2 older  boys  stayed  with  their  grandparents  overnight in the  camper and  we  picked them up Sunday Morning.  It  was  nice relaxing at  home  Monday , our  friends  Brandon  Josette  and  Maddi  came over  for  a  visit Monday afternoon. The  kids  were  back to  school Tuesday  and  were  finished  for  the  summer  Wednesday at  noon!   They are  happy  to  be on  vacation. 

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We  have  a little   work to do  at  house  today to  be  ready for leaving  June  29th  but  nothing  too hectic. 

Please  rate out of  10 this   Poetry  smocked  tiered  ruffle  dress in  a  periwinkle  color.  It  has  tie  shoulder  straps.  See here

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Have a  beautiful  weekend, Terri xo. 

Dress of the week May 29th !

Good morning Ladies !! How are you ? If your in the UK and United states you will be enjoying a nice long weekend. It is a lovely sunny day here . We are at my in-laws house for the weekend. So much has happened since my last post May 15th!

On  May  16th we  looked  at  an  existing  home about  4  minutes  drive  from  us .   It was a  beautiful  home built  in  2007  .  It  has   4   bedrooms  with the  option  of  adding  another.  It  is  spacious  and a  lovely  layout.  So  we  put in  an  offer on  the   house  and  2  days  later   we   were  accepted  !!!!    We  are  officially  moving.  We   did love  the  house style  that  was  going  to  be  built   blocks  away  from  us , but  the   builder  came  back  and  said  it   would be an extra  $25000  dollars  to  build  based on  material  costs. We  declined and  are  happy   to  move  forward  with  our  new   pre built  home.   One of  the  conditions  of  our  offer  being  accepted was  that our  house  would  be  put on the  market  within 10    days  ( yesterday  Friday!)   We  had  a  lot of  work to  do to  get it ready  for   showings! There  was    a   bunch of  stuff  moved to  storage  lockers  a  mile  away. We  had  extra   help  Thank God! So  every  evening  we  had   projects to  complete.   There  was  a  lot of  painting , cleaning  decluttering  to do. Since  Sunday we  had  been up  late, some days  until 2am!!  We  got  new  carpets in   throughout .  They  look   great!  So   Thursday  night  we  stayed  up late (2am again !)   and  had  it  ready   to  go on market   on  Friday  morning!  As    I  write some  people  have  made  offers  which is  exciting.   I  will have   updates   next  week!   Some  pics  below of our house listing   ,  I  can hardly believe its ours !

 

We  are  staying  here until  Sunday  as  there is  house  showings  today  and  early  tomorrow. Today  we  finally  get  to  meet  our  newest  family  member our  nephew Stanley!  WE  drive  90  minutes  from  here so it   will be  a  precious  moment  seeing  him  and  his  parents!   It  will be  a  relaxing  weekend after a   busy  week!  

Please  rate  out  of  10  this pinafore  style  ravishing   red   Prairie  dress From  April Cornell , see here

 

Have   a lovely  weekend, Terri  xo. 

Dress of the week May 15th

Good  morning  Ladies!!    How   has  your  week  been ?  We   have  had  some  lovely  spring  weather  this  week.  There   was  sunshine  everyday except  for  yesterday   where  it   was   overcast  and rainy,  but  we  need  them  days  also! 

On Saturday early there was a bunch of chores that I attended to at home. Then in the afternoon we started a back burner project , ceiling painting !! There was prep to do before any paint was applied , the walls had to be protected with plastic and the floor somewhat. We are getting new carpet on the floors so they don’t need too much covering. We used a roller with a long handle , it is harder than I thought painting over your head ! We got one room completed and are going to tackle more today. Wish me luck!

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For   early Mothers  day   there  was   breakfast  in  bed  and a  new  sterling  silver heart  chain  gifted!!   Then  we  went to  church  for  10:30  am , it is  good to  be  back in  person!  In the  afternoon  we   surprised  the  kids  with  a  waterpark  stay  Sunday into  Monday!  We   found a discounted   coupon for  a  family of  6    and  jumped at  the   chance!  It is  the   great wolf  lodge  waterpark, we  have  been  there   a  few  times   previously.  They  were   so  excited   and  there  was   some  hurried   packing  done !  When we  got  there it   was  a  relaxed atmosphere  with  a  smaller  capacity of  people.   We   ordered  pizza  for    dinner  and  they slept  soundly  that  night!   On  Monday  morning  they  did   a  little  more  swimming,  tubing,  watersliding    before  it  was   time  to  check out . 

 

 

Tuesday  was   back to   normal   With  school,  and  evening  sports.   The  younger  kids   had  pajama  day  at  school  Wednesday  which  was  fun ! 

 

New house  update :  I told  you  were  are  due  to  move into a  new  house in August, September. Last  week we  got  the  permit  approved .   Then on  Monday  evening  we  received  information  that  the   builder is  backing out of  the  contract  to  build. Long  story   short is  they  cannot  afford  to  build  the  house   at  the  agreed  price  we  reached  a  few  months  back.  The   building  trade costs are  at an  all time  high,  300% higher  than  a  year  ago   due  to   the  pandemic.   There   were  a  range of  emotions  when  we  got  the  news ( as you  can imagine !)   But  we  are getting  used to  the  fact  that  we  most  likely will not  be  building  now.   The only  chance  we  have  is  when  they  come  back  with a  revised  price , and  we  will see if its worth  it to pay  that extra. Otherwise  we  will be  looking  at   existing  homes  to  purchase. 

Last  night  just  for  fun  the  two of us   did actually  take  a look  at  a  few existing  home  through  our  realtor   friend  Mike. They  were  nice  but  did not  fully  meet  our  needs.  Afterwards  we  had a  little  date  night  at  a  local  bar  restaurant  called the crooked  pint . It  was   nice  to  get  couple  time,  the  joys  of  having  a  teenage  babysitter! 

Today  we  will tackle  some  more  house  projects ! 

Please  rate out of  10 this  ditsy   floral  shirred cami  dress ,  see  here

 

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  Wishing  you  all  a beautiful  weekend, Terri xo. 

Dress of the week May 8th(+3 days!)

Hello Ladies ! I started this on Saturday and finishing it today , my apologies! we are already a week into May , I cant believe it! We are waking up to a beautiful Saturday morning . The weather has been pretty nice up to now apart from a wet day on Tuesday.

Last  Saturday  morning  we  all woke up early and  made the  2  hour  trip to my in-laws   new rv  park.  They  made  a long  term  lease on a  plot that  has  a   deck that you  pull your  rv  up to . They  also  have  lake access  for  their  boat , so  we  will be  spending  time  there  I am  sure over  the  next  few  years.   Then  we  went  back to their  house  which is   30 minutes  away  for  a  family  get  together. We  had a   nice  lunch and  it  was  good  to  see  my brother-in-law  and   his  family  again. We   were  hoping  to  see my other  brother-in -law  and  his wife  and  new  baby  but  they  did not  make  the   trip  so I am  hoping  to  meet  the  little  guy soon!!! 

On  the   Sunday  our  8 yr  old  celebrated  his   first  holy  communion !  It  was  a   beautiful Mass    where   he  and  11 others  took  part  in the  sacrament . The   boys  looked   handsome  and  the  girls  were  so  pretty in their  white  dresses  and  gowns!   Afterwards we   went  and  had  a  nice  lunch  at  a  local  restaurant. 

The   rest  of  the  week  went  by  pretty  typical,  with  softball  and   Baseball  in the  evenings  after school. 

Please  rate  out of  10 this SheIn   ditzy  floral  belted  dress, see here

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I  will be  back  on Saturday I hope , Terri xo.